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As the global federation of LGBTI organisations, ILGA conducts work in various United Nations fora.


We do this in multiple ways including:

  • giving visibility to and raising support for LGBTI issues globally by conducting advocacy and outreach at the Human Rights Council, making oral interventions and organising panels on various subjects driven by the priorities of our member organisations
  • helping our members work with their government on improving LGBTI human rights in the country in the frame of the Universal Periodic Review
  • providing support and guidance to NGOs engaging with the Treaty Bodies, working to ensure LGBTI persons are not forgotten in international law
  • engaging with the UN Special Procedures to ensure the most egregious human rights violations get the attention of governments, and provide input and guidance on their work
  • advocating for LBTI women’s issues at the Commission on the Status of Women.

ILGA has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC),
and uses it to help secure the rights of LGBTI persons everywhere.

Click on the "ILGA's engagement" tab below
to learn more about how we work with these United Nations mechanisms.

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Learn more about how ILGA works with these United Nations mechanisms:

Human Rights Council (HRC)
An inter-governmental body made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
A cooperative process aimed to review of the human rights records of all UN Member States

Treaty Bodies
Committees of independent experts who monitor States' compliance withthe international human rights treaties

Special Procedures
Independent human rights experts mandated by the UN who report and advise on human rights issues related to a particular theme or country

Commission on the Status of Women
The principal global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women



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