South Africa: International Training Program for Human Rights


an article by UNESCO Chair in Human Rights

Over the past 10 years, the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights has held summer leadership training fora for young leaders from all regions of the world. In conjunction with its annual fora at the University of Connecticut, it has conducted three regional leadership training programs in Rwanda, Italy, and Thailand. In partnership with the African Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town, the main goals of the upcoming Forum are to bring both outstanding participants from past Leadership Training Programmes and new leaders to launch a global intergenerational leadership organization, if not movement. Young leaders with demonstrated commitment to human rights are strongly urged to attend.


View of Table Mountain and the Cape Town Skyline — Courtesy of Marita McComiskey

The program seeks to

• Provide a platform to launch a Global Intergenerational Leadership Association

• Provide tools and resources to continue to build upon knowledge from the International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum and effect real change

The registration fee is $800 (USD) and includes: dormitory housing for 10 days, meals, ground transportation in Cape Town, cultural excursions, resource materials and a certificate of participation. Participants will be responsible for providing their own airfare to Cape Town, South Africa. The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights is unable to provide scholarships or grant fee waivers.  Upon acceptance to the Forum, participants will receive instructions for submitting program fees directly to the University of Cape Town Conference Management Centre to cover the following:

• Shared dormitory accommodation at UCT residence halls for 10 days (check-in June 18, 2015 and check-out June 28, 2015)

• Bath Towels and soap

• Meals (Dinner on Day 1; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for Days 2-9; and Breakfast on Day 10), a Cocktail function, and a Gala dinner

• Conference program space

• Ground transportation from airport to conference facilities

• Registration materials (programme book, conference bags, t-shirt)
• Museum passes and transportation to the District Six Museum and Robben Island

The International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, originally organized as an Intergenerational Global Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and by nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum has sought to introduce participants to the United Nations Development Agenda and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders, expand knowledge relevant to human rights practice, provide tools and a platform for open debate, develop human rights leadership, and promote sharing of experiences and understanding. The Forum has showcased speakers on such topics as: health, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation, litigation, advocacy, and other emerging human rights issues to name a few.

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CPNN has been enriched over the years by the young human rights activists who take part in the Annual UNESCO International Leadership Forum. This is truly the hope for our future!