The World YWCA and the YMCA Switzerland will convene a Youth Forum on Friday 10 June 2016 at the Palais des Nations, room XVIII before the start of the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

What is the purpose of the HRC Youth Forum? What will happen during the day? 

HRC constitutes one of the most important international mechanisms responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and yet youth participation is very limited. There are no institutionalized processes in place ensuring that youth voices are listened to and sufficiently incorporated into its ways of work. This Youth Forum will therefore give clearer guidance on how young people can participate and engage meaningfully with the regular sessions of the HRC and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) system. Enabling youth to have a voice at the HRC is critical in order to ensure that decisions and resolutions are sustainable and take into account the needs of an unprecedented number of young people in the world. This effort will also contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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During the day, participants will have the opportunity to take part in interactive sessions, intergenerational dialogues and working groups with experts. The day’s outcomes will then feed into a set of recommendations. 

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Who will be attending? Is there an age limit to enter the event? 

To attend the Youth Forum, you must be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of the event on Friday 10th June, 2016. The exact address of the venue will be shared with confirmed participants ahead of the event. 

The deadline to register on Eventbrite is Monday 6 June, noon (12pm) (Geneva time).

What language(s) will be used? 

The main language will be English. Many other languages may be spoken within the group, such as Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Hindi and Mandarin or Cantonese. Please notify the organisers if you would like to volunteer during the Youth Forum as a whispering interpreter OR if you may need language support. 

What do I need to access the Youth Forum? 

You will need to collect your UN badge before the start of the event. In order to collect your badge, bring your Eventbrite confirmation and photo ID. 

Any additional requirement will be shared by email ahead of the Youth Forum. 

Is there any cost involved? Is there any financial support? 

There is no attendance fee for the Youth Forum. 

However, all other costs related to your participation are at your own expense. There is no financial support available.

If I am no longer able to come, how can I cancel my participation? 

Please cancel your participation in writing at 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

The team will answer your questions at