On 30th
June 2016 The Human Right Council, during the 32nd session, agenda
item 3, Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political,
economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development, has
adopted by consensus (approved
without a vote) the draft resolution A/HRC/32/L.1, entitled YOUTH AND HUMAN
His Excellency
Mr. Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of El Salvador has presented
the draft proposal on behalf a core-group of States, namely Côte d’Ivoire,
Egypt, El Salvador, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal,
Republic of Moldova, Tunisia. This initiative underscores the need to consider youth as development
partners, bringing new ideals and proactive actions.
“Today will mark
the history of the Council when we adopt for the first time a resolution on
youth. This is an important matter. It is key for all of us, particularly in a
world that is ever-changing and faces different challenges and threats,
political violence, economic instability all of this puts youth in a situation
of vulnerability.” – Ambassador Martelli said.

by156 States,
the resolution literally decides to convene during
the HRC session to be held in September a panel discussion on “Youth and Human
Rights”, “the objective of which will be to identify challenges, best practices
and lessons learned in the exercise of human rights by young people, as well as
relevant opportunities for the empowerment of youth in the exercise of their
. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will also
prepare a report on the panel discussion and submit it to the Human Right
Council at its 35th session (June 2017).

always believed that young people are called to be initiators of change in
society and, accordingly, have strongly advocated in the past years to achieve this
outcome believing that the full implementation of youth rights is necessary to
adequate prepare them to assure their role of leadership and responsibility in
Therefore, our hope is that the Panel discussion will create a
momentum to effectively address human rights issues pertaining youth to bring
true and positive societal changes.
Always in first line to enable youth to fulfill their
potential, IIMA and VIDES will continue to ensure youth voice to be heard.
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