MINELRES: The United Nations Forum on Minority Issues - Advanced Information

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U N I T E D  N A T I O N S 

OFFICE OF THE 
HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS 

The United Nations Forum on Minority Issues 
Advanced information note 

Dates of 1st session: 4 and 5 September 2008 

Venue: United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland 

Thematic focus of 1st session: Minorities and access to education 

The new United Nations Forum on Minority Issues is established in
resolution A/HRC/RES/6/15 of the UN Human Rights Council to provide a
platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to
persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic
minorities, which will provide thematic contributions and expertise to
the work of the UN independent expert on minority issues, Ms Gay
McDougall. This important new Forum, dedicated to minority issues, will
identify and analyse best practices, challenges, opportunities and
initiatives for the further implementation of the Declaration on the
Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and
Linguistic Minorities. A report on the work of the Forum and its
recommendations will be made to the Human Rights Council at its March
2009 session.  

The inaugural session of the Forum on Minority Issues will have as its
thematic focus the issue of minorities and access to education. In view
of this thematic focus, the independent expert on minority issues
invites all interested stakeholders to compile and submit to her
information relevant to this thematic subject in advance of the Forum.
Guidelines on the submission of information will be made available. 

As stated in resolution A/HRC/RES/6/15, the Forum is 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 and experts on minority issues and
non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic
and Social Council. The Forum is also open to other non-governmental
organizations whose aims and purposes are in conformity with the spirit,
purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. 

Further information, including in regard to accreditation to participate
in the Forum, and submission of information, will be provided by the UN
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Procedures
Division, Groups in Focus Team, on a dedicated Forum on Minority Issues
webpage:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/minority/forum.htm 
Alternatively contact the secretariat at:
minorityforum@ohchr.org

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