July 12, 2016 - 8:15am

the President of the General Assembly

Separately, but during the first week of the HLPF, the President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, will be holding a high-level discussion on human rights, for which José Vierra, of the World Blind Union, has been invited to to deliver a speech on combatting discrimination and inequalities, on behalf of persons with disabilities.

In partnership with other members of civil society, including Together 2030 and Amnesty International, IDA will be hosting a side event to the debate, on the issue of space for civil society to participate meaningfully at the UN and in the 2030 Agenda.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 1:15pm – 2:45pm

Conference Room 5, UNHQ, New York

Town hall-style discussion at the President of General Assembly’s High-level Thematic Debate on Human Rights to address questions such as:

  • Is the UN system still open to include active civil society participation?
  • Do Member States value and encourage input from civil society into processes?
  • Is there risk that we are sliding backward to a UN in which Member States hide behind the General Assembly’s rules of procedure and call for intergovernmental processes consequently excluding civil society?

Opening remarks by Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, and the Rt. Hon Baroness Anelay of St John's, UK Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


  • Salil Shetty, Secretary-General, Amnesty International (TBC)
  • Colin Allen, Chair, International Disability Alliance
  • Arelys Bellorini, Senior Advisor on Advocacy and Partnerships, World Vision

Moderated by Peggy Hicks, Director, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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