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

In 2015, the United Nations launched a set of global goals to end poverty and inequality by 2030. “The Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), were signed onto 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, on Monday 16 August from 15:15-17:30, we meet, in the framework of Copenhagen 2021 at UN City Copenhagen, to evaluate the progress, discuss challenges and opportunities, and suggest a way forward that secures the inclusion of LGBTI+ people in the frame of the global SDGs.

The United Nations Opening Plenary 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, and available live for the world to tune in. 

Dr. Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency said: 

 “The widespread violence, discrimination, and exclusion faced by LGBTQI people and their families constitute serious human rights violations and impede efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and their promise of leaving no one behind. UNFPA is committed to addressing the specific needs of LGBTQI people. Around the world, we support health, comprehensive sexuality education, and advocacy initiatives that help marginalized communities and lift up young people, including the LGBTQI youth often left behind.” 

Program Outline

The event takes a starting point in real life dilemmas faced by the LGBTI+ Community in obtaining basic human rights. It will focus on challenges in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals ensuring that no one is left behind. The dialogues will take place between activists, experts, UN entities, and civil society. The content has been curated in collaboration with the UNFPA, OHCHR, UNDP, the UN Secretary General’s Office for Youth, and the Office of the Independent Expert on SOGI. 

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Patron of Copenhagen 2021 and of UNFPA will deliver the Opening Address.

Confirmed speakers and panellist to this event are: 

Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Denmark

Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (virtually)

Dr. Natalia Kanem, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Dr. Franka Cadée, President, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

Ulrika Modéer, Assistant Secretary General & Director of Bureau of External Relations & Advocacy, UNDP

Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, HRC Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on SOGI

Aron le Févre, Director of Human Rights, Copenhagen 2021

Tarek Zeidan, Helem (Lebanon)

Erinda Ballanca, People’s Advocate (Albania)

Tuisina Ymania Brown, Samoa, Co-Secretary General of ILGA world

Anbid Zaman, Youth Representative, European and Central Asian Region, ILGA World Youth Steering Committee (Bangladesh)

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Anonymous Activist, Nigeria

The day will be summarized by the Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz.

Moderator of the day will be Karen Ellemann, MP, Deputy Speaker of the Danish Parliament, Chairperson All-Party Parliamentary Group on SRHR, and former Minister for Gender Equality, Nordic Cooperation, the Interior, Social Affairs and the Environment.

This event will be streamed here and have live interpretation into French and Spanish.

Check the programme and bios of speakers below:

Objectives

1. What has been done so far on the SDG with an LGBTI+ focus?
2. Presenting ongoing SDG work and realizations. 
3. Identifying current LGBTI+ issues within the SDG and presenting a solution.
4. Suggesting a way forward for SDGs global implementation that secures the inclusion of LGBTI+ people.

Registration

This event is by invitation only. Please email humanrights@copenhagen2021.com for more information.

Sign Language Interpretation

Speakers include
  • Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Denmark
  • Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Dr. Natalia Kanem, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 
  • Ulrika Modéer, Assistant Secretary General & Director of Bureau of External Relations & Advocacy, UNDP. (TBC)
  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Victor Madrigal-Borloz, HRC Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

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