By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

It is of the utmost importance that we tune in to this event - if we are not able to attend in person.  I had intended to attend, but a major conflict in schedule prevents my doing so - so I will be watching on the UN Channel  http://webtv.un.org/

Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2015 
Time: 1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. 
Location: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Secretariat Conference Building
Watch it live here: http://webtv.un.org/
The event will be organised in the form of a panel discussion. Following opening remarks and presentations made by the panellists, the floor will be opened for a question and answer session with participants to exchange and express views in a frank and open dialogue. 
Welcoming remarks
  • Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights 
Video messages 
  • Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
  • Ms. Michaelle Jean, Secretary-General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
  • Mr. Harry Belafonte, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador 
  • Ms. Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, Chairperson, Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
  • Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
Panel Discussion
  • International perspective
    • Ms. Gay McDougall, Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • Latin America and Caribbean perspective
    • Ms. Cheryl Sterling, Ph.D., Director, Black Studies Program, The City College of New York 
    • Ms. Ramona Hernández, Ph.D., Director, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute & Professor of Sociology, The City College of New York
  • North American perspective
    • Ms. Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter
    • Mr. Steven W. Hawkins, Executive director of Amnesty International USA
    • Ms. Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice who was fatally shot by police as a 12-year-old
    • Ms. Nicole C. Lee, Mothers against Police Brutality
  • European perspective
    • Mr. Christian Ahlund, Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
Moderator: Mr. Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office
Organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Nations Department of Public Information, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Black Lives Matter, and Amnesty International USA. 

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