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Spotlighting Copenhagen Lived Experiences

21/02/2023 @ 10:00 - 11:30

Join us this Black History Month for a panel discussion on the lived experiences of African/Afro-descendant UN colleagues in Copenhagen.


This panel discussion aims to bring together a diverse group of experts and community leaders to explore the lived experiences of African/Afro-descendant colleagues in Copenhagen beyond their offices. It will also be an opportunity to provide a space for meaningful and respectful dialogue about anti-racism in Copenhagen, addressing the challenges and opportunities in preventing racist and discriminatory acts, and to inspire attendees to take action towards promoting equity and justice in their own lives and communities.

Panellists (TBC)

  • Vivian Cintron – Communications Lead, SCM Unit, UNFPA
  • Fahad Saeed – Diversity Manager, MungoPark
  • Fernando Navarro Sanchez – Ombudsman office, UN City Copemhagen
  • Peris Wambugu – Diversity and Inclusion Officer, UNOPS
  • Cynthia Birikundavyi – Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer, UNHCR (Moderator)


10:00 Opening and introduction to the purpose and goals of the panel

10:05 Brief introductions by each panellist highlighting their background and expertise

10:25 Panel discussion allowing the panellists to share their perspectives and experiences

11:00 Q&A session inviting all attendees to share their lived experiences and pose questions to the panellists

11:25 Closing reflective remarks by the moderator and the panellists highlighting key takeaways and potential next steps for attendees to consider

Guiding Questions

  • How has your lived experience as an African/Afro-descendant person been like in Copenhagen and what challenges have you faced in terms of racial discrimination and prejudice?
  • What are the linkages you see between the UN City employee experience and social dynamics within Danish society?
  • Since the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, more space has been created to discuss race and racial discrimination around the world. What have you personally learned?
  • We often talk about ‘zero tolerance’ to racial discrimination. What does it mean in practice?
  • What are some examples of good practices you have seen locally?
  • What do you think leaders and allies need to hear?
  • How do you define Duty of Care when it comes to providing support to colleagues who may be marginalised outside the office space.



10:00 - 11:30
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UN City Copenhagen
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UN City
Marmorvej 51
Copenhagen, 2100 Denmark
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