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The 10th session of the Forum took place on 30th November and 1 December 2017. The Forum discussions focused on finding concrete measures and recommendations for minority youth in areas pertaining to inclusive education, participation to public life, representation in media in the digital age, and the their role on sustainable peace building and stability.
During the first discussion panel, participants discussed and formulated recommendations with regard to access to education, accommodation of minority culture and language in education programmes and facilities. They also discussed on the role of informal education to sensitize youth to tolerance and to religious, cultural and linguistic diversity.
During the second panel, participants raised the issue of political engagement of minority youth, and the importance of representation of minority youth in public institution and reflected on how to increase positive visibility of young minorities in societies.
During a discussion panel on youth and digital media, participants called for a greater efforts to ensure access to digital media for all, including marginalised minority communities, shared initiatives on how to respond to hate speech and bullying on the internet, and discussed the role of minority led media initiative to empower young minority people and to change the mainstream narrative regarding possible bias or stereotype affecting minorities.
Finally, the last panel discussion considered the role of minority youth as agents of change for peace and stability and presented recommendations regarding the need for greater consultation and participation of minority youth in conflict prevention and peace building efforts.
A preparatory day took place on 29 November for all participants to the Forum.
10:00 - 13:00 - Welcoming briefing for all participants to the Forum. The Chairperson of the 10th session of the Forum introduced the rules of procedures for the event after which civil society had the opportunity to present themselves to the Special Rapporteur on minority issues. Click here for the agenda of this session.
15:00-18:00 - Thematic Discussion on Racial Discrimination Civil society participants were invited to attend a thematic discussion organised by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The discussion was titled "Racial Discrimination in Today's World: Racial profiling, ethnic cleansing and current global issues and challenges". More information are available at this page.
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".
Item 2- Inclusive Education
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