Official Human Rights Forum Opening at UN City

Around 250 participants will be welcomed in the lobby areas of UN City Copenhagen on Monday 16 August

Official Human Rights Forum Opening at UN City

The Official Opening of the Human Rights Forum will take place in UN City on Monday 16 August. The opening event is organized in collaboration with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency and coordinated with other UN entities. Around 250 participants will be welcomed in the lobby areas of UN City Copenhagen for an inspirational fair before the official ‘kick-off’ of the Human Rights Forum in the UN City auditorium. The event will have speeches from dignitaries and discussion of dilemmas faced by the LGBTI+ community in obtaining basic human rights; real-life challenges to the goal of ‘leaving no one behind’ of the Sustainable Development Goals. Activists, experts, the UN and civil society will be represented in the debates.

In 2015, the United Nations launched a set of global goals to end poverty and inequality by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were ratified by 193 governments on the basis that they apply to everyone, everywhere and that they will ‘leave no one behind’. Equality groups strongly pushed for the rights and needs of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex individuals to be taken into account. Six years later we meet at Copenhagen 2021 to evaluate the progress, discuss challenges and opportunities, and suggest a way forward that advances the rights of LGBTI+ people through the global SDG framework.

The opening event is organized in collaboration with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, and coordinated with other UN entities. It will be a public event at the iconic star-shaped UN City at the harbor front, but also streamed online to a broader audience.

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