High-level conference on development and non-discrimination (webstreamed)

Tomorrow morning the European Commission will host the conference Non-discrimination and development: An agenda for change. Speakers include Navi Pillay, Youssou N’Dour, Louise Mushikiwabo, Alva Baptiste, and Louis Michel.

This high-level event will engage a public debate on non-discrimination as a positive element for a more inclusive and effective development process.

Event speakers

Featured speakers include Navi Pillay (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), Youssou N’Dour (Tourism and Culture Minister of Senegal), Louise Mushikiwabo (Foreign Affairs Minister of Rwanda), and Musikari Kombo and Louis Michel (Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly).

The event is co-hosted by Andris Piebalgs (European Commissioner for Development), Alva Baptiste (Acting Prime Minister of Saint-Lucia), and Michael Cashman (Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the Cotonou Agreement).

Following keynote addresses by Navi Pillay and Louise Mushikiwabo, the first panel (‘Towards tolerant democracies’) will look at how States can safeguard everyone’s rights in the context of development aid.

The second panel, ‘More than a principle: The added value of non‑discrimination and the promotion of human rights’, will discuss what non-discrimination laws and policies can bring to thriving and diverse societies, bearing in mind beliefs and traditions.

The event will be webstreamed on Friday morning from 9am CET.

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