UN Forum on human rights, democracy begins

Omolayo Alabi

The UN Forum on human rights, democracy and rule of law begins Monday from 21-22 November at Palais des Nations in Geneva.

According to resolution 28/14, which was adopted on 26 March 2015, the Human Rights Council decided to establish a forum on human rights, democracy and rule of law.

The purpose of the forum is to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to the relationship between these areas; also to identify and analyse best practices, challenges and opportunities for States in their efforts to secure respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The Resolution 28/14 decided that the theme of the first session for the 2016 forum would be “Widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making.”

Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, who is the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth and H.E. Mr. Daniiar Mukashev, the Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations Office at Geneva have been appointed Co-Chairpersons of the first session of the forum.

The forum will be held every two years.

The Resolution 28/14 board also took the decision that the forum would be open to the participation of States, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodies, academics, experts and non-governmental organisations.