Recommendations and Summary Report of the 14th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues Now Available
The recommendations and summary report from the 14th session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues are now available on the Forum’s website.
The 14th session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues was held on 2-3 December 2021 on the theme of "Conflict Prevention and the Protection of the Human Rights of Minorities". The aim of the Forum was to analyze "practices, challenges, opportunities and initiatives in addressing conflict prevention and the protection of the human rights of minorities, in line with the principles and rights enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and other relevant international instruments." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum was held in a hybrid format with a limited number of participants on site at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and the majority connected online via the Zoom platform.
A key output of the Forum on Minority Issues are recommendations providing further guidance on the implementation and promotion of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. The recommendations are informed by the discussions held at the Forum during four thematic sessions on: (a) the root causes of contemporary conflicts involving minorities; (b) the legal and institutional framework: the human rights of minorities and conflict prevention; (c) a focus on the rights of minorities and effective early prevention of conflicts; and (d) towards a lasting peace: positive initiatives to better protect the rights of minorities to prevent conflicts.
The summary report, drafted by the Chair of the Forum, Ms. Victoria Donda, provides an overview and summary of the discussions held at the two-day event.
Both the recommendations and summary report are available on the website of the 14th session of the Forum, and have been uploaded to the Minority Forum Info database.