UN-wide work to combat discrimination and violence against LGBTI people


Landmark UN joint statement

On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entitles (ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP and WHO)

released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

The statement is a powerful call-to-action to Governments to do more to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence, and discrimination and abuses against intersex people. It expresses the UN’s commitment on the part of the different entities to support Member States in doing so.

The statement is available in all 6 UN languages:
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español

The statement has also been unofficially translated by other stakeholders into: Portuguese Português | Tetum Lia-Tetun

UN Programmatic Overview

The Role of the United Nations in Combatting Discrimination and Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People - A Programmatic Overview provides a snapshot of the work of the OHCHR, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS (the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS), UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UNRISD, UN-Women, WHO and the World Bank in ending discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, sex characteristics. It also highlights related work in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and intersex communities around the world.

This overview also provides key contacts and email addresses from each UN entity, links, references to documents, reports and other related materials.

UN programmatic overview (updated 20 September 2019)
PDF: English

Voices for Equality: Social Media Campaign

As a result of increased collaboration among UN agencies on combatting violence and discrimination against LGBTI people, in 2019 OHCHR and UNDP collaborated in a joint Africa-wide project, “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Rights”. They produced a public information campaign, Voices for Equality, with a unique series of short video testimonials and e-postcards featuring the continent’s most inspiring and influential leaders in their fields.

See testimonials and videos of Africa’s most influential leaders speaking out for LGBTI people