Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Human Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific

The attainment of human rights requires engagement and empowerment of vulnerable communities to enable them to develop awareness and capacity and to avail of the right opportunities. In this light, UNDP with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, USAID and other partners is convening the ‘Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Rights and Health in the Asia-Pacific. The dialogue will take place in Bangkok on 25-27 February 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre.

The Regional Dialogue will bring together some 200 participants from over 30 countries a diverse range of constituencies including civil society, government experts, development partners, donors, judicial officials and lawyers, human rights institutions, health care providers and advocates, police officials, women’s affairs, education bodies and the private sector. 

The aim of the Dialogue is to provide an important space for enhancing dialogue and to identify country-owned solutions that are required to effect real change in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Building on the methodology employed by the Regional Dialogues of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the Dialogue will reflect and document the challenges and progress of LGBTI rights and access to health, education, employment and social protection through over 300 civil society submissions. Experience of government experts, academia and the private sector will also provide informed inputs to compliment the community perspectives.

Over three days, the Dialogue will seek to identify common opportunities for government experts, civils society and national stakeholders to build coalitions which advance LGBTI rights and inclusive development. 

Throughout the regional dialogue, a comprehensive social media and communications plan is being implemented in cooperation with Out Leadership and B-Change Foundation. You can keep up with all Regional Dialogue proceedings by following the hashtag #BeingLGBTI and on the 'Being LGBT in Asia' Twitter and Facebook accounts. A dedicated Regional Dialogue microsite has also been set up containing information for participants. 

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