The President of the United Nations General Assembly convened, on 12-13 July 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate on Human Rights. The main areas of focus of the event were: combatting discrimination and inequalities; strengthening governance, the rule of law and access to justice; and enabling active participation in society. The event included a discussion with Ministers, human rights defenders and global prominent voices on how to widen the space for civil society participation and safeguard the exercise of fundamental freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and the right to participate in public affairs, in order to create effective avenues for civic participation globally. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS and UN-DESA/NGOB facilitated a process to identify two civil society speakers, and all civil society attendees for this event.
UN-NGLS facilitated a civil society Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of candidates for the speaking roles, presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee ensured regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates.
The President of the General Assembly has now selected the following two civil society speakers for this event from among the applicaitons received through this process:
Ms. Agnes Leina Ntikaampi
Illaramatak Community Concerns
Ms. Diakhoumba Gassama
RESURJ (Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice) / Reseau National des Organisations de Jeunes Filles et Femmes du Senegal
All applications received to speak at or attend the event can be viewed here:
Travel funding was provided for the two selected civil society speakers. Travel funding was not available for civil society observers attending this event.
In light of the 50th anniversary of the international human rights covenants and the process to select and appoint the next United Nations Secretary-General, the HLTD was an opportunity to:
- take an overarching view of the current human rights situation in our world today;
- consider the foundations for human rights and identify what actions are needed to unleash rapid improvement in the promotion and protection of human rights globally; and
- highlight the United Nations' role in this area and how action to realize human rights can contribute to progress on peace and security and sustainable development.
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