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Tuesday, December 3
 

10:00am

Session 1: Opening
Speakers
avatar for Frank Tressler

Frank Tressler

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Chile to the UN in Geneva
Frank Tressler is the Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Chile to the UN in Geneva. He holds a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Santiago, graduated in 1991 from the Diplomatic Academy “Andrés Bello” as the best student of the year. In 1993 he completed an MSc in... Read More →
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Coly Seck

President of the Human Rights Council, United Nations
Coly Seck is the President of the Human Rights Council, Thirteenth Cycle (2019). He has been Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations Office in Geneva since October 2016. He has chaired the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body Special Session (DSB/SS) since March 2017... Read More →
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Kate Gilmore

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations
Kate Gilmore was appointed United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1st December 2015. She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the United Nations, government and non-government organizations.Prior... Read More →
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Jens Wandel

Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Reforms, United Nations
Jens Wandel is Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Reforms. He is also the Chairperson of Sustainable Now and a member of the AIDHUB International Advisory Board. He has extensive experience with international organizations with special emphasis on management, adaptive... Read More →


Tuesday December 3, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Room XX, Palais des Nations

10:30am

Session 2: Reflections and conversation on human rights and the “Decade of Action and Delivery of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.” Building on the pledge of the 2019 High-level Political Forum Declaration
“Leave No One Behind”: How can promoting and protecting human rights accelerate the realization of the SDGs.

Objectives:       
  • Stimulate reflection on how the human rights pillar of the United Nations can accelerate the realization of the SDGs, including in light of ongoing reforms of the United Nations.
  • Explore the implications of the pledges in the SDG Summit Political Declaration for developing the synergies between promoting human rights and SDG implementation.
  • Address the challenges of combatting inequalities. Highlight how the human rights principles of empowerment, inclusion and equality are crucial to the realization of the 2030 Agenda.


Speakers
avatar for Maria-Francesca Spatolisano

Maria-Francesca Spatolisano

Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano of Italy is Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She succeeded Thomas Gass of Switzerland.Ms. Spatolisano has 33 years of experience in public service including... Read More →
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Sima Samar

President’s Special Envoy and State Minister for Human Rights and International Relations, Government of Afghanistan
Dr. Sima Samar is a well-known women’s and human rights advocate and activist within national and international forums. Dr. Sima Samar has also served as the first Deputy Chairperson of Interim Administration of Afghanistan as well as the first Minister of Women's Affairs in A... Read More →
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Deprose Muchena

Regional Director for Southern Africa, Amnesty International
In March 2014, Deprose Muchena was appointed Regional Director for Amnesty International’s Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) based in Johannesburg, as part of Amnesty International’s ambitious efforts to move closer to the ground. He leads a team of campaigners, researchers... Read More →
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Sakiko Fakudo-Parr

Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs and Professor of International Affairs, The New School
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is the Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs and Professor of International Affairs at The New School. Her teaching and research have focused on human rights and development, global health, and global goal setting and governance by indicators. From 1995 to 2004, she was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development... Read More →
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Najat Maalla M’jid

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, United Nations
Najat Maalla M’jid was appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children on May 30th 2019. As a high level global independent advocate, Najat Maalla M’jid promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children... Read More →
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Nadia Isler

Director of the SDG Lab, Office of the Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
Ms. Nadia Isler is the Director of the SDG Lab in the Office of the Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Ms. Isler is part of the Senior management team of UNOG and led the creation and setting up of the SDG Lab in 2016. Ms. Isler has a long career in... Read More →


Tuesday December 3, 2019 10:30am - 1:00pm
Room XX, Palais des Nations

1:00pm

Knowledge Fair
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will host a ‘Knowledge Fair’ during the day of the intersessional meeting. The Fair provides a space for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), UN agencies, NGOs, academia and other stakeholders to showcase their experiences, tools, publications and other relevant materials concerning human rights based implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Where: The Knowledge Fair will be held in the foyer outside Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
When: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm, during the lunch break of the intersessional meeting on 3 December. Stands will be also available throughout the day.
Lunch: A sandwich lunch will be served during the Fair.

Tuesday December 3, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Foyer outside of Room XX, Palais des Nations

3:00pm

Session 3: Human rights and SDG implementation at the national level
The session will focus on concrete human rights policies, practices, mechanisms and commitments at the country level, including sub-national and city levels that contribute to accelerating SDG delivery and implementation, and the role played by a United Nations under reform. It will also explore the importance of partners and partnerships on the ground concerning the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Objectives:        
  • Share individual country best practices to promote empowerment, inclusion, and equality in the implementation of the SDGs.
  • Illustrate the role and relationship of national human rights mechanisms in supporting the achievement of SDG goals, targets and indicators.
  • Demonstrate measures taken to promote synergies between SDG implementation and the implementation of international human rights obligations and commitments.
  • Illustrate the importance of ensuring adequate space for civil society, business representatives, youth and other non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Identify and demonstrate good practices in promoting meaningful participation in the application of human rights principles to the delivery of the SDGs.
  • Introduce specific approaches supporting the integration of human rights standards and human rights mechanisms’ recommendations in SDG-related planning and policy implementation at the country level.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Victoria González-Román

Maria Victoria González-Román

Ambassador for the 2030 Agenda, Government of Spain
Maria Victoria González-Román is the Ambassador for the 2030 Agenda for the Government of Spain. She was previously Ambassador of the Permanent Representation of Spain to the OSCE 2015-2019 and Chair of the OSCE Security Committee in 2018-19. In addition, she served as Minister-Counsellor... Read More →
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Roberto Morales Sáenz

Analyst of Development in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy, Government of Costa Rica
Roberto Morales Sáenz is the Analyst of Development in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy of Costa Rica, coordinating the planning system of the Public Security and Tourism sectors. Mr. Morales has a Master's Degree in Administration and Public Management and is a graduate... Read More →
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Eva Grambye

Deputy Executive Director, Danish Institute for Human Rights
Eva Grambye is Deputy Executive Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), heading the International Division. The Institute is Denmark’s independent national human rights institution established by law. The International Division works directly with states, international... Read More →


Tuesday December 3, 2019 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Room XX, Palais des Nations

5:30pm

Session 4: Building on the pledges of the Political Declaration of the SDG Summit
This session will share reflections on the meeting and draw out key messages for the decade of action and delivery of the SDGs.

Speakers
avatar for Jens Wandel

Jens Wandel

Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Reforms, United Nations
Jens Wandel is Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Reforms. He is also the Chairperson of Sustainable Now and a member of the AIDHUB International Advisory Board. He has extensive experience with international organizations with special emphasis on management, adaptive... Read More →
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Peggy Hicks

Director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at OHCHR, United Nations
Peggy Hicks has served as Director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the UN's human rights office since January 2016. From 2005 to 2015, she was global advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, where she was responsible for coordinating... Read More →


Tuesday December 3, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Room XX, Palais des Nations