(GENEVA, JUNE 15, 2015) Before the start of today’s session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, ambassadors from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Columbia took a leadership role to ensure that the Human Rights Council continues to highlight sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues as integral to all of its dialogue. The four, commonly referred to as the LAC4, hosted a panel to talk directly to the report released by the UN’s Charles Radcliffe’s, Chief Global Issues and Senior Human Rights Advisor on SOGI from the office of the High Commission of Human Rights.
The session, co-hosted by ILGA, brought together key leaders from Global Civil Society organizations to influence the dialogue. ILGA , ARC and ISHR all provided positive direction and advice to the panel on the intersections of SOGI from a global perspective.
ILGA Asia’s Kaona Saowakun “Toh”, of Thailand along with Tony Briffa of 0II Australia and Kenita Placide of Saint Lucia’s United and Strong Inc. will continue to play a pivotal role alongside ILGA’s UN program staff to advance SOGI issues at this Session of the UN.
A key message coming out of today’s opening session was the importance of the contributions from civil society organizations. ILGA and its affiliates are encouraged by the joint strategizing and active engagement of activists within the UN spaces.