Grupos de Trabajo

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In order to ensure meaningful discussion and concrete outcomes in Montevideo, the following preparatory working groups will be established, chaired by one government and one civil society partner (civil society co-chairs will be communicated at a later stage). We encourage governments to indicate their preferences for participating in one or more of the working groups (please contact the corresponding working group via the e-mail provided). Civil society organisations are invited separately to indicate their interest in taking part in a working group.

1.       International and Regional Diplomacy (Grupo I)

The past decade has seen significant advances in the recognition of human rights of LGBTI people within international and regional human rights mechanisms and bodies, such as the United Nations, the Organisation of American States, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and the Council of Europe. However, important gaps remain in legal protection and implementation of international rights and treaty obligations by States. Moreover, it can be noted that structural reporting mechanisms and systematic attention to human rights violations against LGBTI persons are lacking within several international bodies. Other initiatives seem to undermine the indivisibility and universality of human rights such as the traditional values discourse. This working group will look at advances made within different international bodies and existing gaps that need to be addressed. It will discuss how different achievements and mechanisms within the respective intergovernmental bodies and agencies could be linked up to ensure States uphold their international obligations and are held accountable. Gaps and priorities will be identified and ways to join forces within different international organisations in informal coalitions of like-minded countries, like the LGBT Core Group in New York or the SOGI Group of Friends in Geneva, so that it will contribute to real change for LGBTI persons on the ground.

 

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2.      Inclusión LGBTI en la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Grupo II)

In December 2015 all Member States of the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to end poverty and inequality by 2030. Although they were adopted on the basis that they apply to everyone, LGBTI people are not explicitly included. States have a responsibility to ensure that all people benefit from development, including LGBTI people. Discriminatory laws, policies and programmes, and negative attitudes impact LGBTI people disproportionally and make it harder for them to stay secure, finish or access education, earn a living or have access to adequate health care. This working group will address how LGBTI people can be included in the implementation of the SDGs and how States can ensure that development is inclusive of LGBTI persons. Health will be one of the crucial topics to be addressed in this working group. The working groups will look at the different areas in which legislation, policies and programmes could positively impact on the wellbeing, safety, health and equality of LGBTI people in societies. Different tools and mechanisms, like the UNDP Inclusion Index, will be explored in order to fight poverty and exclusion and measure inclusive development of LGBTI.

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3.       SOGI Legislation & Shrinking Space for Civil Society (Grupo III)

In the past decade an increasing number of governments in all regions have taken major steps to increase levels of protection in legislation, policies and practice. A few examples are the introduction of sexual orientation and/or gender identity as protected grounds into anti-discrimination laws, hate crime legislation, gender identity legislation, decriminalisation and most notably ground-breaking legislation protecting intersex persons and children. At the same time other States have attempted to limit space for civil society by introducing repressive legislation limiting the freedom of assembly and association, free media, right to information and access to external support. LGBTI communities are disproportionally affected by these measures and legislation targeting them specifically, such as anti-propaganda legislation, or by introduction of heavier punishments for same-sex sexual conduct between consenting adults. This working group explores how States can increase protection against human rights violations, discrimination and exclusion of LGBTI persons and their access to human rights through legislation and policies. Bilateral and multilateral ways of support will be discussed to advance legislative change in all regions and hold States accountable for actively violating human rights of a specific group, such as LGBTI people.

 

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4.       Coordination of Donor Funding (Grupo IV)

Funding to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons and strengthen movements remains highly limited. In 2010 Funders for LGBTQ Issues estimated that roughly $35 million was awarded to LGBTI civil society organizations in the Global South and East from both public and private donors. There are significant funding gaps and obstacles for LGBTI movements or some parts of their communities to access funding. These can be due to a wide array of factors, such as language obstacles, administrative requirements or legal barriers. This working group will look at the challenges and ways to overcome these obstacles. Different funding mechanisms, means of coordination and ways to involve the LGBTI movement itself in identifying funding priorities and mechanisms will be discussed.  

 

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