Deadline: 28 February 2011
Open to: young people working in the human rights field from 18 to 30 years
Costs: Travel and visa to the USA, lodging and accommodation are provided
Venue: 5 – 14 August 2011, Connecticut, USA
The forum will be held in August of each year to coincide with the International Youth Day, taking place on August 12, commemorated at the United Nations Headquarters in the USA. This will provide opportunities for participants to participate in Youth Day activities and meet with UN leaders.
It is planned that discussions will be conducted under the rubric of four principal areas; namely poverty, education, health, conflict resolution and/or transformation. Specific areas of focus will include issues such as human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees and war, hunger, HIV/AIDS, religious intolerance, gender discrimination, racism, peace education and environmental concerns.
The main objectives of the Forum are to:
* involve young leaders in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems
* nurture individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights
* promote the sharing of experiences and understanding
* provide an impetus for, and the empowerment of, youth leaders that will enable them to play a crucial and constructive role in the development of human rights in their communities
* build a network of solidarity among future leaders in the field of human rights
* hone the skills and expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice
* provide tools and a platform for open debates about policies, programes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership
Young leaders in the field of human rights from all regions of the world.
Complete the online application form. You must also submit:
* A completed and signed application form
* Letter of intent (please attach as word, pdf, or text document)
* Curriculum Vita/Resume (please attach as word, pdf, or text document)
* Names and contact information for three professional references
Upon acceptance, the successful applicants are required to submit a final essay to complete the application process within three weeks of notification.
The applicant is responsible for securing their own visa, air travel to the United States and travel to Connecticut.
The UNESCO Chair Office will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals and ground transportation in Connecticut during the Forum.