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Session 2, 2nd Intersessional meeting of Human Rights Council
3 Dec 2019 -  Session 2: Reflections and conversation on human rights and accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development. Building on the pledge of the 2019 High-level Political Forum Declaration.
“Leave No One Behind”: How promoting and protecting human rights can accelerate the realization of the SDGs.

Panel discussion with:
• Ms. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School, member of the UN Committee for Development Policy
• Ms. Najat Maalla M’jid, UN Special Representative on Violence against Children
• Mr. Deprose Muchena, Regional Director for Southern Africa, Amnesty International
• Ms. Sima Samar, President’s Special Envoy and State Minister for Human Rights and International Relations, Government of Afghanistan
• Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Moderator: Ms. Nadia Isler, Director, SDG Lab, Geneva

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.
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