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ACCREDITATION NOTE – Event: “New Challenges in Combating Homophobia” (Farnesina, 20 May 2016)

The Farnesina is holding a conference called “New Challenges in Combating Homophobia” on May 20, at 4 p.m.. The event has been organised by the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights (CIDU), with the cooperation of the 
European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the National Anti- Racial Discrimination Office (UNAR) and the Equal Opportunities Department of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. 

The conference will be opened by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, and will be attended by dignitaries of the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of other ministries and civil society organisations. 

The Conference will be made up of two panels: 

The first panel, will be chaired by the president of CIDU, Gianludovico de Martino, and will focus on the presentation of the Report drafted by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency of LGBTI rights in Europe; 

The second panel will be chaired by Laura Guercio, deputy member of the FRA Management Board. It will focus on the assessment of the progress of the recommendations accepted by Italy during the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2015, which is part of the Periodical Universal Review, second cycle, in the light of the law on civil partnerships, recently approved by the Italian Senate. Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event are requested to apply for online accreditation by filling in the interactive form at, attaching, unless already provided, the information requested in digital format (letter from the media organisation and, for representatives of foreign media, also a Note Verbale released by the Embassy in Rome of the media organisation’s country)-

If it is not possible to complete the online accreditation procedure, applications should be sent by email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Institutional Press and Communication Service at the following address: (tel. + 39 06/3691.3432 or 8573 or 8210).

Accredited journalists, photographers and TV crews should enter the Ministry from the main entrance, left-hand side, between 13.15 and 14.15