3rd Session: United Nations Forum on Minority Issues

The Forum, to be held on the 14th & 15th of December 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland, is a valuable platform for minority representatives to contribute their knowledge and experiences to the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, and, indirectly, to the UN Human Rights Council. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for minority representatives, NGOs, state parties and UN officials to meet, mingle, share ideas and learn about important issues related to the rights of minority populations. The previous Session of the Forum was very successful; over 500 delegates were present and over 100 actively participated in the discussions!

The Third Session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues will focus on the topic Minorities and Effective Participation in Economic Life.

The Forum on Minority Issues was established to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues related to national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.

It is designed to provide expertise to the work of the Independent Expert on minority issues. The Forum is meant to identify 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. In the year following the Forum, the Independent Expert will present a set of recommendations to the United Nations Human Rights Council under the Forum´s theme.

Related information:
Note by the independent expert on minority issues, Gay McDougall, on minorities and effective participation in economic life.
Draft recommendations on minorities and effective participation in economic life