Forum on Minority Issues 

Minority youth: towards diverse and inclusive societies - Tenth session of the Forum on Minority Issues

Dates: 30 November and 1 December 2017
Venue: Room XX of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Webcast to the 10th session of the Forum on Minority Issues:

I- item 1: Opening Meeting:

Original /English

II- Item 2: Inclusive Education to empower Minority Youth


III- item 3: Participation of Minority Youth to public life


Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein

IV- item 4: Minority youth and the media in the digital age


V- item 5: Minority youth as agents of change for peace and stability


VI- item 6: Closing session:


Click here for the invitation letter to the 10th Forum on Minority Issues.

Please attend the Pre-Forum Day on 29th November

Participants registering for the Forum will receive an accreditation valid from Wednesday 29 November, so they can attend the Forum preparation day.

They are encouraged to attend the following two events:

10:00 - 13:00 - Room XXIV - Welcoming briefing for all participants to the Forum. The Chairperson of the 10th session of the Forum will introduce the rules of procedures for the event after which civil society will have the opportunity to address themselves to the Special Rapporteur if they wish so. Click here for the agenda of this session.

15:00-18:00 - Council Room (Building C, First floor) - Thematic Discussion on Racial Discrimination Civil society participants are invited to attend a thematic discussion organised by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The discussion is titled "Racial Discrimination in Today's World: Racial profiling, ethnic cleansing and current global issues and challenges". More information will be made available at this page.

Forum poster Chairperson

On 24 October, the President of the Human Rights Council appointed Mr. Tarik Kurdi, from the Republic of the Sudan, to the position of Chairperson of the 10th session of the Forum on Minority Issues. Mr. Kurdi  is a retired UNHCR international civil servant, who most recently was the UNHCR country representative in Damascus, Syria (2012-15) and was the Deputy Director of the Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa at headquarters until 2016. Mr. Kurdi brings considerable skills in diplomacy, external relations and a range of skills in leadership and in conceptual and analytical thinking.  He has excellent skills in strategy and donor relations.  He started his UN career in 1981, and held various leadership positions in more than 10 UNHCR offices in Africa and the Middle East".

Fact sheet on the Forum on Minority Issues

This fact sheet provides practical and substantial information on how to participate to the Forum. This year, we are hoping for the young generation to be present, take part in the discussions and provide concrete recommendations to be endorsed by the Forum.

Topic and discussion

The topic of the 10th session is Minority youth: towards inclusive and diverse societies.

This year the Forum discussions will focus on finding concrete measures and recommendations for minority youth in four main thematic areas: how can we ensure they do not suffer discrimination when accessing and pursuing education? How can we guarantee that they have a meaningful opportunity to participate in cultural and political life in their country and do not suffer multiple forms of discrimination due to their age and minority origin?  How can young minority people be better supported in expressing themselves and promoting their identity through minority-led media initiatives? Finally, how can we convince the world that sustainable peace and stability can only be achieved via a meaningful participation of young minorities?

For background information and recommended bibliography on these thematic areas please click here.

Annotated Provisional Agenda 
English | French | Spanish | Russian | Chinese | Arabic

Programme of Work

List of Speakers


If you would like to contribute to the recommendations of the Forum - whether you can attend the session in Geneva or not- you can send a written proposal of recommendations you would like to see included in the final document to be presented to the Human Rights Council at its 37th session. You can send your proposals to:

Practical information

Participants travelling to Geneva may wish to print out the following practical information, available in English, Spanish and French.

Side events

Request for side events here.

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