Human Rights Conference

Human rights defenders and activists from all over the globe will gather physically and digitally in Copenhagen between 17-19 August.

Human Rights Conference

The Human Rights Conference will be the most significant LGBTI+ conference in 2021.  The conference is open for human rights defenders and activists, elected officials, academics, NGOs, media, Pride organizers and sports leaders in the field of LGBTI+ rights, and anybody else interested in the more in-depth LGBTI+ cause. Our goal is to include all representations under the LGBTI+-acronym in the program and to be highly aware of intersectionality in our planning. This includes representation in relation to geography, racialization, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, religion, and appearance. 

The three-day conference takes place in a hybrid form with physical elements for participants in person and full online access to content sessions, to facilitate the engagement of as many people as possible. The program consists of special statements by high-level officials and community members, eight plenaries, over 50 Break Out Sessions, four Sphere Sessions, networking sessions and meet and greets.

Content is being curated in ten topics:

  1. Politics and Law
  2. Education, Labor Market and Civil Society
  3. Intersectionality and Global Trends
  4. Borders, Decolonization and Racism
  5. Technology and Online Communities
  6. Arts, Sports and Culture
  7. Pride as a global Human Rights Movement
  8. Breaking the Binary
  9. Sexual well-being and Health
  10. Open for the undefined

We believe that partnering with experts from our international community is essential to giving this conference legitimacy and in making sure that the contents of the program is of high quality and our 21 executive partners have been crucial in bringing the right content to the program.  

We find representation from regions where LGBTI+ rights remain under increasing pressure to be pivotal, and we encourage every activist and scholar around the globe to join us for Copenhagen 2021. Additional support may be provided to those calling in from hostile territories and countries.

The conference venue is Øksnehallen in central Copenhagen, a few minutes’ walk from Central Station. The Conference will also take place online for those who cannot attend in person, please register here for online participation.

Conference Tickets

Tickets for attending the openingsday of the conference physically are free of charge.

Tickets to attend the conference hub physically are €130 per person, including: 

  • Three-day access to the Human Rights Conference hub at Øsknehallen including the Tuesday Opening Plenary. 
  • Lunch and selected beverages provided on all three days. 
  • Physical network opportunities. 
  • Physical access to all Workplace Inclusion Day Plenaries on Wednesday.* 
  • Access to the physical Parliamentary Meet & Greet on Thursday 
  • Access to a number of physical Sphere Sessions on Thursday (which will also be live-streamed). 

Registration for online participation is free of charge. 

*The break-out sessions and the plenaries of the Workplace Inclusion Day are not part of the general Human Rights Conference program and are only available to pre-registered participants both online and physically. Physical participants to the Human Rights Conference get courtesy access to the plenaries of the Workplace Inclusion Day.  

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Click here for Digital Participation in the Human Rights Conference.

Click here to Physically Join the Opening of the Human Rights Conference.

Speakers include
  • EU Commissioner Helena Dalli, European Union Commissioner for Equality
  • Minister of Equality Ms. Moreno, Minister of Equality of France
  • Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • H. E. Ann Linde, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • CoE Deputy Secretary General Björn Berge, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe
  • Minister of Culture and Equality in Norway, Abid Raja
  • Tuisina Ymania Brown, International Advisory Board Member Copenhagen 2021
  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
  • First Lady Elize Reid, First Lady of Iceland
  • OAS Commissioner Flavia Piovesan, Organization of American States Commissioner and Independent SOGI Expert of the Inter-American Court for Human Rights
  • CoE Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Secretary General Salla Saastamoinen, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission
  • Michael O’Flaherty, Director, European Union Fundamental Rights Agency
  • Lord Herbert, United Kingdom Special Envoy for LGBTI+

Partners and Sponsors

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