4th Meeting, 14th session of the Forum on Minority Issues
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The theme of the Forum is "Conflict Prevention and the Protection of the Human Rights of Minorities".


15:00-16:45 (local time in Geneva) Item 5: Towards a lasting
peace: positive initiatives to better protect the rights of minorities
to prevent conflicts

The session will focus on practical solutions designed to prevent violent
conflicts involving minorities. Participants will discuss the role of United
Nations agencies, national human rights institutions, civil society and
other stakeholders. In order to further clarify positive initiatives to prevent
conflicts, participants will consider the Beirut Declaration on Faith for
Rights and its 18 commitments. More specifically, participants will reflect
on the commitment by faith-based and civil society actors to exchange on practices in areas of mediation, early detection of communal tensions
and remedial techniques.
Participants will also debate the role of minority youth and women as
valuable innovators and agents of change, whose contributions should
be seen as an essential part of preventing conflicts and building peaceful
communities, as recommended by the Forum at its tenth session (see
A/HRC/37/73). Participants will also reflect on the benefits of minority
youth and minority women ownership and leadership in conflict
prevention processes.

● Ms. Farah Mihlar, Lecturer, College of Social Sciences and
International Studies, University of Exeter
● Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human
Rights and Head, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York
● Ms. Mireille Kamitatu Olungakana, Peace and Development
Advisor, United Nations Cameroon
-Interactive Dialogue

16:45-17:00 (local time in Geneva) Item 6: Concluding remarks
Concluding remarks by Mr. Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur
on minority issues
Concluding remarks by Ms. Victoria Donda, Chairperson of the Forum
on Minority Issues
-Session closes