Registration for the High-level meeting to mark the commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, Wednesday, 21 September 2022

The President of the General Assembly will convene a High-level meeting to mark the commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities on Wednesday, 21 September, at the UN Headquarters in New York, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 76/168.

The high-level meeting offers an important opportunity to take stock and evaluate the implementation of the Declaration, identify constraints and achievements, showcase examples of good practices and set priorities for the future, consistent with minorities’ effective participation and based on their own realities and needs. As the world moves toward a post-COVID-19 future and a new social contract, diversity must be inclusive and just in order to build a resilient global community of individuals equal in rights and opportunities regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, language and other features. The President’s summary of the discussions at the High-level meeting will further assist the international community to chart the way forward and recommit its engagement to actively and fully implement protection of the rights of minorities as expressed in the Declaration 30 years ago.

Format

The high-level meeting will take place in-person on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The high-level meeting will consist of an opening meeting, a general debate, and a closing meeting. A detailed programme will be circulated in due course.

Participation

In order to promote a constructive and inclusive dialogue, participation in the high-level meeting will be open for Member States, observers, the United Nations system, as well as representatives of non- governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC that are actively engaged in minorities issues.

In this regard, interested representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC are invited to register through this portal.

Due to time limitations, it will not be possible to accommodate all requests for interventions. Therefore, only a limited number of speakers will be contacted by the Secretariat. We appreciate your understanding. 

The meeting will be broadcast live on UN Web TV with interpretation in all official languages. Please note that you don't have to register if you plan to follow through webcast without a speaking role.

For more details, please see the following link:

https://www.un.org/pga/76/2022/07/19/letter-from-the-president-of-the-general-assembly-30th-anniversary-of-the-declaration-on-the-rights-of-persons-belonging-to-national-or-ethnic-religious-and-linguistic-minorities-concept-note/

For in-person events at the UN headquarters, the use of masks is required.  By registering for in-person participation, all applicants are declaring, as a condition of their entry to the UN Headquarters , that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional mitigation measures against COVID-19 may be in place at UN Headquarters during the event.

All participants must bring a government issued photo ID from UN Member States and proof of vaccination for entry to the UN complex. All participants must follow COVID-19 mitigation measures in place at UN Headquarters. All persons entering the United Nations Headquarter premises confirm they have not had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the last 5 days or a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 5 days. Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection such as seasonal flu should not attend the event . If you start feeling unwell during the event you must immediately leave the complex and seek medical help. International travelers must familiarize themselves with local travel guidelines and requirements.

Please note that each person needs to register as an individual by setting up their own Indico account.  

NGOs can register up to 2 representatives from each organization for this event.

Registration is NOW OPEN until 11:59 p.m. EST on 12 August 2022.

 

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