Development and LGBTI rights: join the latest e-discussion on inequalities

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The e-discussion on Development and Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People begins on 5 November and will continue for three weeks.

It is the third of the UN Development Group Global Thematic Consultation on Inequalities, jointly convened by UN Women and UNICEF. It aims to galvanize dialogue and discussion in framing the post-2015 agenda. This discussion on LGBTI rights will be co-moderated by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the NGO ARC International.

The online platform for the e-discussion on addressing inequalities was launched at the beginning of October with the first discussion focusing on gender inequality, followed by a discussion on gender-based violence on 17 October. The website is open to the public, following a simple registration process.

The e-discussions are a series of time-bound, co-moderated dialogues designed to seek the views of a broad range of stakeholders including governments, UN and other development agencies, civil society, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, and most importantly, the general public. UN Women aims to bring together a wide range of views and voices on a variety of topics related to inequalities to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals and discuss the options for reflecting and addressing inequalities in the post-2015 development framework.

These e-discussions are meant to stimulate a “global conversation on the various forms of inequalities, identify policy options and responses and look at how these might be deployed in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and look in-depth at the structure, content and implications of major forms of inequalities, as barriers to development and social justice.

The recommendations emerging from the e-discussions, and other discussions on gender within and outside the inequalities track, will be part of a synthesis report that will be presented to a high-level meeting in Denmark in February 2013 on Inequalities. The report will also be provided to the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda appointed by the UN Secretary-General.