Under the High Patronage of
Mr Emmanuel MACRON
President of the French Republic

Under the patronage of
the European Commission 


MAG Jeunes LGBT and OutRight Action International, in partnership with UNESCO, the delegations of Austria, Canada, France and the Netherlands to UNESCO and the City of Paris will organise the first the Global Conference for the Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI + Youth.

This conférence will take place on the 17th of May 2021 from 12pm to 5pm (CEST) in a hybrid format on a studio set in the halls of the Hôtel de Ville of Paris. With the support of 29 countries, the event will gather young LGBTI+ leaders and high representatives, representatives of international organisations, of governments and municipalities. 

The event will permet to establish an international platform that will let LGBTI+ youth to let their voices be heard and create strategies to reinforce young LGBTI+ rights and their inclusion in the 2030 Agenda.

A second part of the event is planned from February 21st to February 23rd 2022, in person at the UNESCO. This second segment will gather more than 80 young people, 50 representatives of cities, and 30 high representatives and representatives of different countries. 


How can I watch the event?

The live event will take place on the 17th of May 2021 at 12pm (CEST) on our YouTube Live, but will also be available on our other social medias ! 


Speakers and Schedule


12.00 Opening ceremony of the virtual conference

  • Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
  • Jean-Luc Roméro-Michel, adjoint à la maire de Paris en charge des droits humains, de l'intégration et de la lutte contre les discriminations
  • Jean-Yves le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic (to be confirmed)
  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, Youth Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • Nada Al-Nashif, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016) and Co-president of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens
  • Omar Didi, Président du MAG Jeunes LGBT+
  • Presentation of the UN Free & Equal Campaign

12.30 Discussion with LGBTI+ youth:

  • Petra de Sutter, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Civil Service, Public Enterprises, Telecommunications and Post of the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Rania Arfaoui, Member of Mawjouddin We Exist and African Queer Youth Initiative
  • Representative of MAG Jeunes LGBT+ and IGLYO
  • Mir Reyad, member of Youth Voices Count and RFSL
  • Member of the African Queer Youth Initiative

12.45 Opening Panel: Promoting the Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI + Youth Around the World

This roundtable aims to identify existing solutions for the promotion of the rights of LGBTI+ youth, more particularly to discuss those which are carried by young people on a global scale.


  • Andrés Allamand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile
  • Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity of Argentina

Beginning of the round table

Moderator: Stéphanie Antoine, journalist from France 24

  • Élisabeth Moreno, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities of the French Republic
  • Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality
  • Victor Madrigal-Borloz, United Nations Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences for UNESCO
  • João Paulo Rebelo, Secretary of State of Youth and Sport of Portugal
  • Representative of Cameroon
  • Devandy Ario Putro, Indonesia’s Delegate of Youth Voices Count
  • Basiru Alumbugu, Programme manager of the African Queer Youth Initiative

13.40 Roundtable: Inclusive education and access to health for LGBTI + youth

This round table aims to discuss the key figures on homophobic and transphobic bullying in the education sector and to discuss inclusion and equality in the education sector in all these aspects, including school curricula.


  • Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • LGBTI+ youth from Europe and China
  • Valentina Sampaio, model, actress and LGBT + advocate
  • Presentation of the Global Education Monitoring report of UNESCO

Moderator: Raphaël Kahane, journalist from France 24

Beginning of the round table


  • Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports of the French Republic
  • Lisa de Pagter, the Dutch Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality and Bodily Autonomy at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality
  • Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring report of UNESCO
  • Gabrielle Richard, associate researcher at the LIRTES laboratory, University of Paris Est-Créteil and of the Research Chair on homophobia, University of Quebec at Montreal
  • Jonathan Beger, Interim Executive Director of IGLYO

14.45 Ceremony for the City of Paris International Prize for the Rights of LGBTQI + people

  • Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
  • Jean-Luc Romero-Michel, adjoint à la maire de Paris en charge des droits humains, de l'intégration et de la lutte contre les discriminations
  • Ouissem Belgacem, Ex-professional athlete
  • Bolu Okupe, Instagrammer
  • Pierre Baillet, Secretary General of the International Association for Francophone Mayors
  • Giovanna Rincon, Director of Acceptess-T

15.30 Roundtable: Creating safe cities for LGBTI+ youth

This round table will discuss the establishment of public policies inclusive of LGBT + young people by municipalities to eradicate violence and create inclusive cities in terms of employment, housing, training and for the associative life of LGBTI + people including the most vulnerable especially young people, transgender people etc.


  • John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
  • Jacek Maria Majchrowski, Mayor of Krakow
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires
  • Maíra Colares, Municipal, Municipal Secretary of Belo Horizonte for social assistance, Food security and Citzenship affairs

Beginning of the round table

Moderator: Christina Okello, journalist  from RFI

  • ArmandRoland Pierre Béouindé, Mayor of Ouagadougou
  • Representative of Foumban
  • Nina Gabryś, Plenipotentiary for Equality Policyof the Mayor of Krakow
  • Jean-Luc Roméro-Michel, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of human rights, integration and anti-discrimination
  • Robert Beaudry, member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, responsible for real estate management and planning, housing, large parks and Parc Jean-Drapeau
  • Manuel Rosas Vazquez, Rainbow Cities Rainbow coordinator

16.30 Closing

  • Jessica Stern, Directrice executive de OutRight Action International
  • Hélène Bidard, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of gender equality, youth and non-formal education.
  • Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic (to be confirmed)

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With the support of


Albania, Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Cape Verde, Chile, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Czech Republic, Portugal, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay.

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