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The conference aims to launch and nurture an international movement for the rights of LGBTI + young people, to find concrete responses to defend the fundamental rights of young people and to build a dialogue between international organizations, governments, municipalities and LGBTI + young people on the implementation of inclusive policies for LGBTI + youth.

In view to the current sanitary situation, it was decided to split the conference in two segments by holding of a global virtual conference on the rights and inclusion of LGBTI + young people which will be organized on 17th of May 2021 followed by a in-presentia conference that will be held from 21st-23rd February 2022.

The virtual launch on May 17 will bring together LGBTI + youth, representatives of international organizations, governments and cities, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (CET), on a television set at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris and broadcast online with France Média Monde as a media partner. The event will be open to the virtual participation of the general public, thus making it possible to reach LGBTI+ young people from all continents. The City of Paris International Prize for LGBTQI+ Rights will be awarded to three nominees including a French, Francophone and international organization to close the virtual conference.

The in-presentia conference will be held at UNESCO Headquarters, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Paris City Hall and will bring together 80 young LGBTI+ leaders and activists as well as 80 high-level representatives, international organizations, governments and municipalities.

The World Conference for the Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI + Youth is under the high patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic

This initiative is also supported by the French Interministerial Delegation for the fight against racism, ant-semitism and anti-LGBT hatred (DILCRAH) and the Permanent Delegations of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Cape Verde, Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay to UNESCO.

In 2018, MAG Jeunes LGBT, with the support of UNESCO, launched an international LGBTQI+ youth consultation that will inform a report that shall present the voices of LGBTQI+ young people and their vision on how to make the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda more inclusive for them. The dramatic finding of the report showed that on a daily basis LGBTQI+ youths face discrimination and marginalization. The consultation showed that the education sector and the health system, places that should by definition be welcoming to LGBTQI + young people, are on the contrary the ones by which their exclusion take place. Moreover, it remains a reality that LGBTQI+ youths continue to be under- represented in both civil society and policy-making.

Following on the consultation of 2018, MAG Jeunes LGBT along with OutRight Action International have decided to organise the first international LGBTQI youth conference in order to encourage the empowerment of LGBTI+ youth and involve them in decision-making processes in order to face the specific challenges confronted by LGBTI + young people - more generally access to social rights.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes through SDG 11 on "the inclusion of all in cities and human settlements" the central role of cities in development. For this reason, the Conference will highlight the responses provided by municipalities to address the challenges faced by LGBTI + youth.

In parallel, the Youth Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Independent United Nations Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, ILGA and the Global Queer LGBT + Network are launching a one-year global initiative to build the capacity of the global LGBTI + youth rights movement.

Objectives

  • Enable LGBTQI+ youth to take part in a dialogue that will enable LGBTQI youth to organize and speak with a unified voice in order to influence the global agenda.
  • To understand the challenges facing LGBTQI+ youth as well as youth organizations and identify proper responses by youth and for youth.
  • To promote active involvement of LGBTQI+ young people in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, particularly SDG 16, SDG 4, SDG 3.
  • Encourage cooperation, development and sharing of good practices and innovative solutions between international organizations, governments, municipalities, city networks and civil society of LGBTI + youth in order to effectively defend and disseminate the voice of young people as well that to build effective public policies at the municipal, regional and international level.

Deliverables

  • Concrete and operational Announcements and commitments by high level representatives during the virtual conference on May 17, which will then be available on an online platform
  • A strategic and operational roadmap for the inclusion of LGBT + youth in the multilateral system produced by the Youth Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General, the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • A final report of the conference including action plans created by LGBTI + youth and cities representatives.

The second segment of the conference will take place from February 21st to February 23rd 2022/

The opening day of the in-presentia conference will take place at UNESCO Headquarters and will focus on developping strategies with municipalities, governments and international organizations for the inclusion of LGBTI+ youth.

The second day will take place at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and will include a plenary session on the theme “inclusion of LGBTI +, essential for democracy and sustainable development". After this plenary session, the participants will be divided into six workshops. The themes envisaged for the workshops are as follows:

1. Inclusive education and access to sexuality education

2. Access to health and inclusion of LGBTI + youth living with HIV

3. Creating safe spaces for the wellbeing of LGBTI+ youth t

4. Inclusion of LGBTI+ refugees and reception of asylum seekers, particularly through education

5. Representation of LGBTI + people in the media

6. Inclusion of trans and intersex youth

The last day will take place at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris and will feature two parallel sessions reserved respectively for participants from civil society and municipalities. The civil society session will focus on nurturing an international network for LGBTI+ youth.

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