Friday, February 13, 2009


5th Annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum

Open to: Young people between the ages of 18-30
The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the fifth annual International Leadership Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held August 1 - 9, 2009 in Storrs, Connecticut.

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, the Forum will:

· Introduce participants to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

· 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

The UNESCO Chair will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals, ground transportation in Connecticut, resource materials and a certificate of participation.

Young people between the ages of 18-30, 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.

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, regional and gender representation.

Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking HERE or visiting the following link

Application Requirements for 2009:
Fluency in English is required. forum will be held in English only. In order to be considered for admission to the International Leadership Programme, please submit the following:
1. A completed and signed application form
2. Letter of intent (please attach as word, pdf, or text document)
3. Curriculum Vita/Resume (please attach as word, pdf, or text document)
4. Names and contact information for three professional references
*Please note: Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application deadline is February 27, 2009.
For additional information:
If you have questions regarding the application/registration, program content, special needs requirements, or dormitory housing, please call the UNESCO Chair Office at 860-486-0647 or email
ALL applications must be submitted electronically or via facsimile no later than February 27, 2009 to
fax: 860.486.2545

University of Connecticut
UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights
233 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4124
Storrs, CT 06269-4124
860.486.0647 Phone
860.486.2545 Fax

Click here for application


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