International Human Rights Leadership Conference Announcement – Call for Applications 2015

The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held June 18 – 28, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.


The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights.  To this end, using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the foundational document, the Forum will:

·         Examine the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the post 2015 Development Agenda

·         Build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders

·         Expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice

·         Provide tools and a platform for open debates

·         Provide programmes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership

·         Promote the sharing of experiences and understanding

·         Showcase speakers on such topics as:  health and human rights, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation; litigation and advocacy, and other emerging human rights issues


The Forum fee covers shared dormitory housing, all meals, ground transportation, cultural excursions including Robben Island and District Six Museum, resource materials and a certificate of participation for 10 days. Additionally, accepted participants will be responsible for providing their own airfare to Cape Town, South Africa upon acceptance. 


Young adults with community service experience, and with demonstrated ability to work on solutions to human rights problems, should apply.  Relevant issues include, but are not limited to, human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees, hunger, HIV/AIDs, gender discrimination, racism, classism, the environment and peace education.  


As the conference will be held in English only, fluency in English is required.  Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their application essay, demonstrated commitment to human rights (practical/hands-on experience), potential impact on the individual and their potential contribution to the Forum, and regional and gender representation. Application deadline is March 17, 2015.


Programme details and application materials can be accessed by linking to the following:

About the Intergenerational Fora:

About the June 2015 South African Forum:

June 2015 South African Forum Application:


For more information, please contact the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at 860.486.0647, or via e-mail at


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