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The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the UN Office in Geneva took part in the event ”Youth Rights: Time for Action!”

13 June 2018 – The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the UN Office in Geneva presented the positive experience of the Republic of Moldova in the promotion of the rights of young people at the event entitled ”Youth Rights: Time for Action!”, co-organised with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy for Youth, the European Youth Forum and the Permanent Mission of Portugal.

During the event, the panellists analysed the actions taken by states in order to promote youth right in the Human Rights Council, in particular the adoption of two resolutions on youth and human rights, initiated by the Republic of Moldova together with a cross-regional group of states, as well as the other global initiatives on the subject like the World Program of Action on Youth and the UN Security Council resolutions on youth, peace and security.

On the issue of participation of young people in the decision-making processes that concern them, the representative from the Moldovan Mission pointed out that “the Republic of Moldova has a rather positive experience in this area, the existence of a solid policy framework for youth being the result of a close collaboration with youth-led and youth-oriented organisations considered to be partners of the Government in the design and implementation of these policies”. Furthermore, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova took the opportunity to reiterate the commitment to further promote youth rights on the agenda of the Human Rights Council, to include the subject in the recommendations prepared for the Universal Periodic Review, calling at the same time for youth-led and youth-oriented organisations to engage and make their voices heard in the Council and on the international arena.

The event was organised in the context of the preparation by the OHCHR of a detailed study on the implementation of human rights with regard to young people, the identification of cases of discrimination against young people in the exercise of their human rights, and best practices in the full and effective enjoyment of human rights by young people. The report will be submitted to the Council prior to its thirty-ninth session that will take place in September 2018.