ECMI provides expert advice to UN Minority Forum
From 14-15 December 2010, ECMI Director Tove H. Malloy participated in the Third Session of the Forum on Minority Issues. This year’s focus was on minorities and effective participation in economic life. According to Human Rights Council resolution 6/15 of 28 September 2007, a forum on minority issues has been established to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as thematic contributions and expertise to the work of the Independent Expert on Minority Issues.
The Forum identifies and analyzes 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. The Forum meets annually for two working days allocated to thematic discussions. The Independent Expert on Minority Issues, Ms Gay McDougall, guides the work of the Forum, prepares its annual meetings and reports on the thematic recommendations of the Forum to the Human Rights Council. The same resolution has requested the President of the Human Rights Council to appoint for each session, on the basis of regional rotation, and in consultation with regional groups, a chairperson of the Forum among experts on minority issues. This year the Forum was chaired by Prof. Gita Sen, Sir Ratan Tata Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India and Adjunct Lecturer at the Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University. For more on the Forum, see here.