Youth Forum: The Future of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 7, 2023
Human Rights 2023

Human Rights Day 2023

On 8 December, at 1:00 pm, the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace Hotel (20 Telavi Street, Tbilisi) will host a dynamic gathering of young minds from across Georgia. 

The European Union, Norway, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) invite you to join a conversation on the future of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Aligned with the upcoming Human Rights Day 2023, the Youth Forum aims to celebrate global strides in building a world rooted in the principles of justice, dignity, and equality. The engaging discussions will shed light on human rights challenges faced worldwide and explore innovative solutions through the unique perspectives of the new generation.

The event will feature prominent public speakers, government officials, and young participants from Georgia's Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kakheti regions. Their collective insights will contribute to a comprehensive dialogue that seeks to shape the human rights narrative for the future.

The Youth Forum is part of the "Act for Rights Now!" campaign, commemorating 75 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

The venue is accessible to persons with disabilities, and interpretation services in English, Georgian, and sign language will be provided.

Opening Remarks:
  • Nicholas Cendrowicz, Head of the Cooperation Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
  • Douglas Webb, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Georgia
  • Rebecca Lie, Deputy Ambassador of Norway to Georgia
  • Vladimir Shkolnikov, OHCHR Senior Human Rights Advisor for the South Caucasus
  • Niko Tatulashvili, Human Rights Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia 
Keynote Speeches:
  • Giga Zedania, Professor at Ilia State University
  • Rusudan Gotsiridze, Rusudan Gotsiridze, Bishop of the Evangelical-Baptist Church of Georgia
  • Lado Apkhazava, Teacher 
  • Sophio Benashvili, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
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