UNDP supporting greater attention to LGBT rightsListen /
Going forward, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting greater attention to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights as the international community prepares a post-2015 development agenda, that according to the agency's Administrator, Helen Clark.
In a message for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Ms. Clarke says "Increasingly, the international community is recognizing that LGBT people, just like the rest of humanity, are entitled to live their lives free from fear, violence, discrimination, persecution, and pervasive inequality".
The UNDP chief explains that "Through its work in human rights, access to justice, and HIV law reform, UNDP is partnering with government, civil society and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people themselves in many countries to tackle these gross inequities".
She says Transgendered people often face extreme levels of prejudice and violence, with many countries refusing to acknowledge them as legal persons, by law or by practice. Many are denied the accurate identification documents they need to access basic rights and services including employment, health care, travel, and participation in democratic processes. Such inequalities impede development progress for society as a whole.
Ms. Clarke says UNDP is on the ground in over 170 countries and territories, implementing programming which focuses on the rights of all people to access important services.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.