International LGBT Rights Group Awarded UN Accreditation


The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), a leading international LGBTI rights group, has been granted consultancy status by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Monday vote saw 30 nations approve the ILGA for consultancy status. ECOSOC consultative status will allow the ILGA to attend UN conferences and meetings, submit written documents on relevant issues, make oral interventions, and also host panels in UN buildings. As such, accreditation is a vital step in allowing the ILGA to advance its advocacy of LGBTI rights within the UN.

ILGA in fact attained accreditation back in 1993, but that was stripped over certain members advocating for the abolition of laws of consent. With those individuals swiftly removed from the ILGA and policy changes put in place, the group has sort to regain accreditation ever since but has been blocked by nations opposed to LGBT rights — that is until this week when the ILGA was once again approved.

From the ILGA:

“This is a historic day for our organisation, which heals a 17-year-old wound said co-Secretary General Renato Sabbadini, in Geneva for the occasion and we want to thank all, really all UN Members who voted in our favour, they all deserve indeed to be named fully: India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary.

A special thanks goes to Belgium, for its relentless efforts in building a consensus around us, together with the United States and Argentina. We would like to thank also our member organisations which successfully lobbied their Governments on this occasion and all our allies for their support, in particular Arc-International in Geneva.”

“Today we are celebrating said co-Secretary General Gloria Careaga from Mexico City but we are aware that there is a lot of work to do for us in the coming months. We are looking forward to working together with all our members, particularly those which also have the status, and our allies to advance LGBTI human rights in the UN bodies in the coming years, taking advantage of the very positive developments opened by the resolution presented by South Africa in the UN Human Rights Council last June.”

Out of interest, the countries that voted against accreditation were: Iraq, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Egypt, and Ghana.

Those abstaining were: Guatemala, Mauritius, Philippines, Rwanda, Bahamas, and the Ivory Coast.

For more information on the ILGA and to access the ILGA’s considerable resources pages including maps showing the state of LGBT rights across the globe, please click here.

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Hannah Gaden Gilmartin
Hannah Gilmartin7 years ago

It's good to see people finally taking a stand for LGBT rights. Hopefully, someday, everyone will be accepted for who they are, without people thinking there is something "wrong" with them.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley7 years ago

Good news. Congratulations.

Lena T.
Lena T7 years ago

Great news!

Randall S.
Randy Stein7 years ago

What's interesting is (or sad), separate from the GLBT part of this, is who voted for and who voted against (or refused to take a stand). For the most part, those who voted against or didn't vote were from some of the most least educated and poorest countries, all Islamic-based countries voting, were countries who have shown a clear disrespect for LIFE (human rights and/or animal rights, wildlife, the lives of the people of their country, the poor, etc.) Despite them being are members of the ECONOMIC and SOCIAL council of the UN. Guess their votes are no surprise.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

We need to give the UN more teeth, if you will, so it can be successful in this and other endeavors.

Tami Kennedy
Tami Kennedy7 years ago

From the ILGA “This is a historic day for our organisation, ..." It truly is! Another door of communication is opened.

Wayne M.
Wayne M7 years ago

It is my hope that this will assist and enable the United Nations to take effective action to support those fighting against government homophobia and criminalization of LGBT people. Recent moves such as the "kill the Gays" bill in Uganda, and efforts to round up LGBT people in other African nations must be met with international human rights action.

Nem van genne
Nem van genne7 years ago

okay i will drink a beer to that! congrats to all the people present and no longer present who fought long and hard to see this day, proost! love sees no colour love sees no gender x

Marg Wood
Marg W7 years ago

Alice B. Excellent comment! We are all human beings first.Orientation should have nothing to do with it.

Alice B.
Alice B7 years ago

Thank you Steve, I needed to hear this today. And for the readers, remember that so often it is we LGBTQ people who go the extra mile, often risking our lives for others, because we know so well how crucial it is to do so. For example, during the recent one-man hate-killing horror of the bombing & shootings in Norway, two rescuers were two women who were a lesbian couple. They didn't stop to discover the sexual preferences of the people whose lives they helped to save. They just reached out as human beings rescuing other human beings. That is what life should be about: helping one another in need - not about HATE.