Mexico City, Mexico – Morioka, Japan, 9 July 2014 –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UN Staff more equal now, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a bulletin that offers a new way of determining personal status, applicable both to heterosexual and same-sex couples in the UN Staff.
In the past, a staff member’s personal status was determined by the laws applicable in their country of nationality, whereas now it will be determined instead by the law of the competent authority under which the personal status was established. For instance, if a same-sex couple get a civil partnership or get married in a country where this is possible, the personal status of the staff member involved will be determined on that basis. The policy applies to all couples, not only those that are same-sex.
Describing this new policy, the UN Secretary-General said that: “human rights are at the core of the mission of the United Nations” and that he is: “proud to stand for greater equality for all staff”, while calling all members of the UN family to “unite in rejecting homophobia”.
“This is very good news for all UN staff, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity – said ILGA co-Secretaries General Gloria Careaga and Azusa Yamashita – we are happy that the efforts of UN Globe (the staff group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and inter-sex staff members of the UN system and its peacekeeping operations) and others contributed to a result which is fairer for all workers of the UN, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This achievement is important no only for the UN Staff members but for our LGBTI community worldwide as UN is seen as a kind of model that can be now followed by other institutions and organizations. Definitively a deep print in the steps ILGA membership is working for the protection of all rights of LGBTI persons”.
ILGA congratulates UN Globe, and underline once more that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is a true believer in human rights, confirming this belief with facts and policies on the ground: a courageous leader of the United Nations
ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, an umbrella organisation of more than 1100 member organisations in all continents and articulated in six regions, i.e. ILGA-Oceania (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands), ILGA-Asia, ILGA-Europe, ILGA-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean), ILGA North-America and PanAfrica ILGA. Established in 1978, ILGA enjoys consultative status at the UN ECOSOC Council, publishes an annual world report and a map on legislation criminalising or protecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity or recognising their relationships.