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July 26, 2011

IconLGBTI body wins UN recognition

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (IGLA) has achieved United Nations accreditation. The group, which works to combat homophobia and transphobia throughout the world, spent many years campaigning for UN recognition.

The NGO becomes one of a handful of international LGBTI groups to have been granted consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This role enables IGLA to attend all UN conferences and meetings, submit statements and reports, and host panel discussions.

30 ECOSOC member states voted in favour of granting the consultative status, with 13 against and 6 abstentions.

“This is a historic day for our organisation, said IGLA Co-Secretary General Renato Sabbadini, “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, Hungaryā€¯.

Sabbadini also singled out Belgium, the United States, Argentina and IGLA’s 750+ member groups for “special thanks”.

In 1993 IGLA became the first international LGBTI group to be granted ECOSOC consultative status. However this position was revoked the next year following controversy over the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), an IGLA member group.

“ILGA has applied to regain the status ever since, following the expulsion of [several] groups from its membership and after amending its constitution to state clearly its commitment against child abuse, but a small group of countries sponsoring homophobia had been able to influence the votes in the UN NGO Committee examining the applications for a long time,” explained the organisation in a press statement.

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