ILGA World Conference 2012: details announced and registration open

The theme of the conference will be “Global Rights, Global Respect”.

Since the World Conference in Sao Paulo in 2010, we have many things to celebrate, ILGA has gained consultative status with the United Nations – ECOSOC status; the first-ever United Nations high-level panel on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was held at the Human Rights Council in March this year; Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the UN has made his support for the human rights of LGBTI people very clear; ILGA is approaching 1000 members and our annual report on state-sponsored homophobia has become and important global tool for LGBTI human rights advocacy. At the same time it is evident that we as a movement have some challenges and important discussions ahead of us on how we as a movement act in solidarity without taking over the voice of those we advocate for. These are discussions we will engage in at the conference in Stockholm!

In addition we will get together and share experiences and best practice, learning from each other and creating stronger and sustainable networks.

The ILGA Board launched a consultation with the whole of the membership in relation to the current regional structure of ILGA. Deadline to complete the consultation was August 15. Once all replies have been analyzed, the Board – following the mandate given by the 2010 Conference – will produce “a report and a new proposal for changes in the regional structure” for the next world conference. The report will highlight any implications for organizational structures including board structures and other relevant issues.

The conference will start Wednesday December 12 and will be preceded by some thematic pre-conferences – more information on these is forthcoming!

ILGA offers scholarships for activists who would otherwise be unable to participate in the conference for financial reasons. Since there is only a limited number of scholarships available, we encourage those interested to seek funding in advance within their own organisation or from other available funding sources.

  • Apply for scholarship – DEADLINE for submission of scholarship applications was July 3 2012.
    If you have applied for a scholarship you will be informed about the result of your application as soon as possible.
  • Propose a workshop – DEADLINE for sending workshop proposals was August 25th.
  • Register as a paying participant

The final Conference and Workshops Programs will be available from November 30th.


  • 1st mailing  – August 27
  • 2nd mailing – October 3
  • 3rd mailing – November 21

Thanks to the extensive ILGA membership this is a truly international event that represents an ideal opportunity for strategizing, networking and building alliances.

We look forward to seeing you in Stockholm!

Gloria Careaga?
Renato Sabbadini?
ILGA Co-Secretaries General