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The ninth session of the Forum took place on 24 and 25 November 2016 in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Mario Yutzis was appointed as Chair of the session, which focussed on "Minorities in situations of humanitarian crises".
Around 500 participants took part in the session. The wide range of stakeholders included persons belonging to national, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities who are actively engaged in minority rights advocacy and diverse areas of work related to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities, as well as experts in the field of humanitarian assistance.
The ninth session of the Forum on Minority issues reflected on the specific needs of and disproportionate impacts on minorities in times of humanitarian crisis such as conflict, disaster and pandemics. The participants worked on a set of draft recommendations regarding minorities in situations of humanitarian crises and strive to identify additional recommendations for states, intergovernmental and non-governmental humanitarian actors to ensure non-discrimination and respect and promotion of minority rights at all stages of any humanitarian crisis.
Agenda Item 1 Opening remarks:
Agenda Item 2 Legal Framework and Key Concept
List of Speakers:
Agenda Item 3 Preventing or mitigating the impact of humanitarian crises on minorities
Agenda item 4 Protecting minority rights during crises
Agenda Item 5: Recovering from crisis: ensuring durable solutions
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