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Leaving No One Behind: the Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada • August 5 to 7, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in his statement on Human Rights Day that Canada is hosting Leaving No One Behind: the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from August 5 to 7, 2018.

Equal Rights Coalition

Canada and Chile are co-chairs of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC)—the first-ever intergovernmental coalition dedicated to the protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. The ERC offers key opportunities both to advance this important human rights agenda internationally and to build a new kind of multilateral organization, one that is nimble, closely integrated with civil society and able to respond to rapidly evolving situations.

Conference Overview

NGOs interested in participating

Non-government organizations (NGOs) interested in participating in the ERC Global Conference should apply through the national LGBTQI2S human rights organization, Egale Canada, who is overseeing the international NGO selection process. Applications are due by May 9, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.

The ERC Global Conference is the only global conference of its kind in which states, development cooperation agencies, civil society, multilateral agencies and organizations, private donors and other relevant stakeholders come together with a shared commitment to advance LGBTI human rights and inclusive development. Building on the first ERC conference in Montevideo (2016) as well as past LGBTI conferences in Washington (2014), Berlin (2013) and Stockholm (2011), the Vancouver conference will continue to provide opportunities for high-level diplomatic engagement and working-level collaboration among ERC stakeholders.

This year’s conference will focus on the following objectives:

Registration details for official delegations will follow. Check back regularly for updates about this conference.

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