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UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon urges the United Nations to deepen its engagement on LGBTI rights

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon spoke in Geneva on September 10th, to the opening of the XXI session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (HRC). In his speech he highlighted the first debate the HRC held on sexual orientation and gender identity in March 2012. Stating that this should not be a one-time event, Ban Ki-Moon urged the UN to deepen its engagement on having LGBTI rights respected worldwide.

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13th September 2012 11:56

Alessia Valenza


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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I last spoke to this Council in January 2011(…).
This Council must respond to all human rights violations in an even-handed manner, without disproportionately emphasizing any one situation over another. Taking a selective approach to human rights violations has the effect of damaging the credibility of the institutions concerned. 
Your efforts must be universal and consistent. (…) 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me turn now to five clear challenges that warrant your attention.
First, we need to do more to ensure that the output of this Council and other United Nations human rights mechanisms shapes policy-making across the United Nations.
I remain strongly committed to mainstreaming human rights throughout the Organization. This is especially important as we embark on efforts to define the post-2015 development agenda and to implement the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. (…)

I commend the progress made by the Council in various thematic debates.

In particular, I welcome the groundbreaking, first-ever intergovernmental discussion, in March this year, on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. (…)

This should not be a one-time event. I urge you to deepen your engagement on this issue so that protection and dignity truly reach all members of the human family.

Fourth, we must fight for the rights of women, including their reproductive rights and their political, social and economic empowerment. Unleashing the power of women will usher in a new era of respect for human rights. (…) 
My action agenda for the next five years stresses a preventive approach to human rights. By investing in human rights, you invest in the peaceful, prosperous, sustainable future we want. (…)

Ban Ki-Moon