UN / LGBTI POST-2015 AGENDA

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United Nations Secretary-General called for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI community, during the ministerial event “Leaving No-One Behind”. UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / LGBTI POST-2015 AGENDA
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DATELINE: 29 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

29 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, delegates arriving for LGBTI core group at the United Nations ministerial event “Leaving No-One Behind”
3. Med shot, (from left to right) Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Botswana President
4. SOUNDBITE (English) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
“When the human rights of LGBT people are abused, all of us are diminished. Every human life is precious – none is worth more than another. This United Nations I lead will never shirk in the fight against discrimination. We will never shy away from protecting the most marginalized and vulnerable people. This is not just a personal commitment – it is an institutional commitment.”
5. Med shot, delegates listening to speech
6. SOUNDBITE (English) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
“There are 17 sustainable development goals all based on a single, guiding principle: to leave no one behind. We will only realize this vision if we reach all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
7. Wide shot, event in progress
8. SOUNDBITE (English) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
“We are here together to break down the barriers that prevent LGBT people from exercising their full human rights. When we do that, we will liberate them to fully and productively contribute to our common economic progress.”
9. Wide shot, delegates applauding
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans:
“We are not here to impose our views on others who don’t share them. We just want to dispel fear. There is no reason for fear. It ain’t contagious as they say. There is no reason for homophobia. And I understood that last night in his speech President Mugabe wanted to share with us the fact that he is not gay, neither am I but it doesn’t prevent me for coming up for the rights of gay people just as I would come up for the rights of any other human being.”
11. Various shots, delegates applauding

STORYLINE:

Twelve UN agencies today called for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children, and set out specific steps to protect these individuals.

At a high-level event on LGBT rights, held in New York on the margins of the annual debate of the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the agencies for “speaking in one voice” on this critical issue.

Ban said, “when the human rights of LGBT people are abused, all of us are diminished. Every human life is precious – none is worth more than another. This United Nations I lead will never shirk in the fight against discrimination. We will never shy away from protecting the most marginalized and vulnerable people. This is not just a personal commitment – it is an institutional commitment.”

The event highlighted the linkages between protecting the rights of LGBT people and progress towards achieving the new set of global development goals that world leaders adopted last week.

“There are 17 sustainable development goals all based on a single, guiding principle: to leave no one behind. We will only realize this vision if we reach all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Ban stated.

Ending marginalization and exclusion of LGBT people is a human rights priority – and a development imperative, he continued.

The UN Secretary-General said, “we are here together to break down the barriers that prevent LGBT people from exercising their full human rights. When we do that, we will liberate them to fully and productively contribute to our common economic progress.”

In at least 76 countries, discriminatory laws criminalize private, consensual same-sex relationships, exposing millions of individuals to the risk of arrest, prosecution and imprisonment – and even, in at least five countries, the death penalty.

The laws are used to harass, detain, and discriminate against LGBTI people, while laws that criminalize cross-dressing are used to arrest and punish transgender people.

Referring to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s speech at the General Assembly on Monday evening, the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, said “we are not here to impose our views on others who don’t share them. We just want to dispel fear. There is no reason for fear. It ain’t contagious as they say. There is no reason for homophobia. And I understood that last night in his speech President Mugabe wanted to share with us the fact that he is not gay, neither am I but it doesn’t prevent me for coming up for the rights of gay people just as I would come up for the rights of any other human being.”

In addition to OHCHR, the joint statement has been endorsed by the following UN entities: the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
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