Side event: Leaving No One Behind - A Human Rights Approach to Combating Inequalities and Discrimination


High-Level Political Forum side event

Leaving No One Behind

A Human Rights Approach to Combating Inequalities and Discrimination


Where: Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York

When: July 12, 1:15-2:30pm

As economic inequality reaches a historic high, exacerbating multiple, enmeshed forms of discrimination, states, UN agencies, and civil society must put equality and non-discrimination at the heart of efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of the most potentially transformative elements of the 2030 Agenda is the commitment to “leave no one behind”. Human rights principles and standards on equality, non-discrimination, and accountability provide a detailed normative framework for making these commitments a reality.

This event will provide space for international human rights organizations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and representatives of UN missions to discuss ideas and present recommendations on how to address inequalities within and between states to ensure that the implementation, follow up, and review of the 2030 Agenda leaves no one behind. 

Speakers:

  • Mr. Rauno Merisaari, Ambassador at-large on Human Rights and Democracy, Finland (opening remarks)
  • Craig Mokhiber, Chief of Development, Economic and Social Issues Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Lilian Sepúlveda, Vice President, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Yetnebersh Nigussie, Senior Inclusion Advisor, International Disability Alliance
  • Sherine Tadros, Head of UN office, Amnesty International
  • Iain Levine, Deputy Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Moderator:

  • Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Rights (moderator)