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Session 2: - Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Intersessional meeting of Human Rights Council
16 Jan 2019 -  Session 2: Reflections and Conversation on human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality' - How promoting and protecting human rights and progress towards the realization of the SDGs are interrelated and mutually reinforcing.

Keynote speaker: Mrs. Mary Robinson, Chair, The Elders and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
Panel discussion
• Ms. Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of Crisis Bureau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
• Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, SDG Advocate, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
• Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Member of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Moderator: Ms. Imogen Foulkes, BBC UN Correspondent, Geneva
• Highlight the relationship between human rights obligations, commitments and principles and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
• Stimulate reflection on how the human rights pillar of the United Nations can contribute to the realization of the SDGs.
• Highlight how empowerment, inclusion and equality are crucial to ensuring sustainable development and are the cornerstones of the 2030 Agenda together with its overarching commitment to leave no one behind.
Intersessional Meeting for Dialogue and Cooperation on Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Empowering people and Ensuring inclusiveness and Equality
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