Regional Forums

The Regional Forums are organized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues and the Tom Lantos Institute, in cooperation with other organizations working in the field of minority rights, under the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. Their main aim is to provide regional insights for the development of a set of guidelines or a technical handbook focusing on education in, and teaching of, minority languages. Discussions at the forums will also inform the recommendations of the 12th session of the UN Forum in 2019. Other objectives include:

  • Raising awareness of the ways in which the education in, and the teaching of, minority languages is anchored in international human rights obligations;
  • Providing a platform for more informal exchange on practical challenges of minority language education in Europe among various stakeholders;
  • Identifying and discussing the central issues of topical concern related to education and minority languages in Europe;
  • Amplifying the voices of minority communities in assessing and improving minority language education policies and offering expert input into their specific concerns

Below you will find background documents, keynote speeches, expert presentations and participant statements from the European Regional Forum, held in the European Parliament, Brussels, on 6-7 May 2019.