LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

2nd Conference Mailing

Dear friends

We are excited to provide additional information on ILGA-Europe’s 2015 conference being held in Athens, Greece, from 28 until 31 October 2015. The theme of this year’s Conference, hosted by our Greek member OLKE and several other members, is Many Voices, One Movement – together, mobilised for a just society. We have reflected on the numerous issues within the movement and the challenges it can be to remain united as a fluid movement leading social change for all LGBTI people across all regions.

ILGA-Europe’s team is also proud to let you know we have already confirmed a number of inspirational keynote speakers, namely:

Thorbjørn Jagland (Council of Europe Secretary General), Elke Ferner (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth), Geeta Misra (Executive Director of CREA), Jessica Stern (Executive Director of IGLHRC), Mike Jackson (Founding member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) and Grainne Healy (Co-Director of Yes Equality and Chairwoman of Marriage Equality Ireland).

ILGA-Europe is also proud to present Thomas Hammarberg (Former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights) as the guest of honour.

This second mailing includes:

Pre-mailing and First mailing

In the pre-mailing we circulated a statement from the Executive Board concerning the details of registration, workshop proposals and scholarship application.

In the first mailing we included nomination forms for candidates of ILGA-Europe together with endorsement forms for these nominations, Delegation and proxy form and guidance papers (Guidance for ILGA-Europe Executive Board nominations, Guidance for Proposals or Resolutions submissions, and Guidance for Host Organisation 2017 Proposal).

Please find all of the documents under the Pre-conference mailing and First mailing sections at the ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference 2015 webpage

For your reference, the call for Scholarship Application and Workshop Proposals has been closed.

The call for the registration is open until 31 August 2015. Please register by filling in the online form.

Future important dates you need to note are:

31 August 2015 (Midnight CET) – Deadline for Registration of participants

Please register for the Conference through online registration form at ILGA-Europe’s webpage.

16 September 2015 – Deadline for:

  • Nomination of ILGA-Europe Executive Board candidates
  • Submission of Proposals to Host the 2017 Conference

5 October 2015 - Third mailing with final agenda of the Annual General Meeting, names of candidates for ILGA-Europe Executive Board, names of candidates for the ILGA Executive Board, candidates for hosting the 2017 conference and the proposed budget for next financial year.

Annual General Meeting

ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference is also our Annual General Assembly in which half of the Executive Board is elected, and in which constitutional and policy issues for the following years are discussed.

Elections at the conference

We currently have five people on the Board who are mid-way through their two year term of office. We will therefore have elections for five people for two-year terms. .

We are calling for nominations to be made according to the guidelines. Nominations should be sent by email to the Chairing Pool.

Selection of future conference host

This year’s conference will decide on the host for the 2017 annual ILGA-Europe conference. Member organisations interested in hosting the 2017 conference must submit their proposal. Please see the “Guidelines for Member Organisations wishing to host the Annual Conference”.

Policy and constitutional debates

This year, no proposal was submitted. Please remember that, by the rules, proposals cannot be submitted at the conference (with the only exceptions contained in Standing Order 10).

Streamlining of conference mailing process - important notice!

As in previous years we are again streamlining the conference mailing process: for each of the three mailings, you will receive a notification that the relevant conference information is available at the ILGA-Europe website. All documents will be available at all times here at ILGA-Europe’s new website.

We look forward to welcoming you in Athens on 28 October!

Yours sincerely,

Joyce Hamilton and Paulo Côrte-Real

ILGA-Europe co-chairs

All procedural documents and details of how to register for conference are available on our website.

For updates also follow Annual Conference’s Facebook event page.

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