UN agencies band together on LGBTI issues

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"Gai Jatra," a Nepali festival, has been celebrated for nearly a decade as a version of "LGBTI pride." Photo: Kyle Knight/IRIN

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, violates more than their human rights – it creates serious socio-economic challenges and results in lost development and economic opportunities.

That's according to 12 UN agencies that issued a joint statement Tuesday. The statement highlights the link between human rights abuses against LGBTI people and socio-economic challenges, including health concerns, family issues and lost development.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Children's Agency, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization, were just some of the big UN names to endorse the statement.

Veronica Reeves spoke to Charles Radcliffe from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She asked him to explain the significance of the joint statement.

Duration: 3’12″

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