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ILGA’s Engagement

NGOs get to contribute to almost all the activities of the Treaty Bodies, and ILGA provides support and guidance whenever it can. ILGA consults with other organizations working with the UN Treaty Bodies as well as with members of the relevant Committees, in order to exchange information, coordinate efforts and increase the impact of our engagement with the Treaty Bodies.


ILGA has released its first two annual reference compilations for the Treaty Bodies. Here you will now easily find all the recommendations made to more than 100 countries on LGBTI when they were reviewed by seven of the UN Treaty Bodies in 2014 and 2015.
The UN Treaty Body References to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics compilations can be downloaded here: 2014 | 2015.

ILGA has also produced a guide explaining how advocates working on trans issues can engage with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Click here to download the guide in English | in Russian

Deadline Notification:

Preparation of the state report:

NGO Submissions and Reports:

For example: In 2015, ILGA assisted LIPRIDE from Liberia and ILGA-Portugal from Portugal in the preparation and submission of reports for the 62nd Session of Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and in Geneva-based advocacy. ILGA also supported the Executive Committee for NGO Forum on CEDAW–Turkey in preparing a report on Turkey to the 64th Pre-Sessional Working Group of CEDAW. Three references to SOGIE issues were included in the List of Issues for Turkey and a reference to equal access to assisted reproduction was made in the recommendations on Portugal.

Attending a Treaty Body session:

For example: ILGA assisted two activists from LGBT Centre in Mongolia and Observatorio Derechos Humanos y Legislación from Chile in their training for and participation during the 55th Session of Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in 2015, including organising speaking slots at the formal and informal briefings of the Committee by civil society and assisting in drafting the statements presented, and setting up meetings with Permanent Missions. There were two recommendations regarding SOGI in the Concluding Observations of the Committee for Mongolia, including the second ever call by the CESCR for recognition of same sex relationships, and one recommendation in the case of Chile (with the State having announced a new policy on Trans children during the Session).

General Comments/Recommendations:

For example: In 2015, ILGA presented an oral submission, prepared in consultation with, and endorsed by, the International Commission of Jurists and Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation – to the Human Rights Committee (HRCee) during its half-day General Discussion in preparation for its draft General Comment on the Right to Life. The submission was the only submission focused solely on particular risks/violations to the right to life of LGBTI persons.

Engagement with Committees:

ILGA’s Submissions to the Treaty Bodies

ILGA works with our national, regional and international partners to prepare Shadow Reports and other submissions to Treaty Bodies. Below are some examples.

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

Human Rights Committee (HRCee)

Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture

If you have any questions about engaging with the Treaty Bodies, please email: