Human Rights Youth Program: Libya

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.

From 23-27 March 2015, the Human Rights Youth Training Program: Libya gathered 10 selected Libyan students in Geneva for a workshop on the UN mechanisms, with a particular focus on Human Rights. The training was held during the last week of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council, which the participants were able to attend.

The objective of the program is to empower and inspire students by allowing them to attend a high-standard training on Human Rights in the heart of the United Nations headquarters.

The participants with one of the panelists, Prof. Hasni Abidi


WFUNA’s endeavour to draw the attention of young leaders and future active civil society members on the United Nations and Human Rights mechanisms acquires a new dimension through this program. By opening this program to young Libyans, we wish to address not only the strong demand for education on UN values and multilateralism, but also to reaffirm that education is one of the foundations for a healthy and vibrant civil society. By spreading the universal values of the UN through these young men and women, this program actively promotes such a civil society as a reality in tomorow's Libya.

Selection of participants:

Participants were all graduate and undergraduate Libyan students from different academic backgrouds. They are all interested in Human Rights and have followed a series of pre-training sessions in Tunis with our local partners. 

The training:

The training, based on a participatory approach, was held entirely in Arabic (with the assistance of interpreters for the non-Arabic speaking panelists). It included:

  • Training sessions with actors that participate in the Human Rights Council's work: UN staff with specific experience in North Africa and Libya, in particular, diplomats and Civil Society organisations.
  • Attendance to the Human Rights Council 28th Session and following the process of discussions/negotiations around Item 10 Technical Assistance and Capacity Building (which concerned Libya, among others).
  • Visits to other international institutions in order to acquire a better understanding of the impact of multilateralism as well as the international dimension of Geneva.
  • Debriefings and wrap-up interactive sessions led by WFUNA staff.
  • Career-oriented sessions with other young professionals involved in the field of international relations/diplomacy in Geneva.

Participants attending a debriefing/explanatory session in a UN meeting room after having followed the vote of the Resolution on the Prevention of Genocide (A/HRC/28/L.25)

Attending a conference in the IOM headquarters by Hassan Abdel Moneim, Senior Adviser for North Africa


Following a briefing on the Human Rights Mechanisms by Gurdip Sangha Associate Human Rights Officer, Desk Officer for Libya, MENA Section, OHCHR


The post-training follow-up includes reports drafted by the participants. Some of the participants will also have the possibility to follow and report on the upcoming UPR review on Libya in May 2015.


In the park of the Palais des Nations, after the final wrap-up session

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