crime prevention

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women is pleased to invite you to the United Nations Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Date: 25 November 2020 | Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (EST)

The Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will be a virtual multi-stakeholder event with the participation of high-level representatives of Member States, United Nations agencies, Goodwill Ambassadors, and civil society organizations. In the current context of COVID-19 and in line with the SG Political Engagement Strategy on Gender-Based Violence, the event will:

  • Highlight achievements and initiate additional commitments by Member States on the issue of ending violence against women;
  • Honour women’s organizations as first responders and acknowledge their leadership in ending violence; and
  • Activate UN-wide mobilization under the umbrella of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign and promote zero tolerance across all spheres of society everywhere.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will participate live alongside UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem. Heads of State, UN Women Goodwill Ambassadors Ms. Nicole Kidman and Ms. Cindy Bishop; SDG Advocate, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ms. Nadia Murad; and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Rise Founder Ms. Amanda Nguyen will participate via video.The event will be co-hosted by Zahra Al Hilaly and Stuart Moir and feature a performance by Ensemble Corona.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-New York, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign – running from 25 November until 10 December – under the theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”

Even before COVID-19, violence against women was one of the most widespread violations of human rights, with almost 18 percent of women and girls experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within the last year. During COVID-19, calls to violence against women helplines increased up to five fold in the first few weeks of the pandemic. For every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence.

Calling for a “cease-fire at home”, the UN Secretary-General urged governments earlier this year to make the prevention and redress of violence against women and girls a key part of national response plans for COVID-19. While UN Member States responded, and 135 countries have adopted measures to prevent or respond to violence against women during this global crisis, only 48 countries – less than a quarter of the 206 analysed in a recent study – treated violence against women and girls-related services as an integral part of their national and local COVID-19 response plans, with very few adequately funding these measures. The culture of impunity still prevails widely, and the pandemic is threatening to undo any progress as women are not being able to access the live-saving care and support they need.

The commemoration will be an opportunity for Member States, civil society, influencers and the UN System to spark a renewed sense of urgency and bolster global action to end violence against women and girls by calling on all to: fund essential services on gender-based violence and women’s organizations who are at the forefront; to respond to the needs of survivors, including during the global pandemic; to prevent gender-based violence from happening in the first place by challenging cultural and social norms, mobilization campaigns and a zero-tolerance policy; and to collect data to improve services, programmes and policies. In the lead up to the commemoration, UN Women has appealed to Member States to make concrete, tangible commitments during the 16 Days of Activism.

Join the kickoff event on Wednesday, 25 November 2020, from 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Participants:

Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres
Member States representatives
Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem
UN Women Goodwill Ambassadors Nicole Kidman and Cindy Bishop
Co-Hosts Zahra Al Hilaly and Stuart Moir
With the musical performance of Ensemble Corona, Bosnia and Herzegovina

How to watch:

Please note that the event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation provided in all official UN languages. Participants need to pre-register and attend the event through the Zoom platform to be able to access the language interpretation.

Live Webcast of the event will be available on UN Women’s website and UN Web TV. Follow the online conversation using the hashtags #orangetheworld and #16days and follow @SayNO_UNiTE and @UN_Women on Twitter.

Stories and more: We handed over the mic to survivors and those on the forefront of response efforts. Read and share stories of change, videos, interactives, and social media messages, and check out the 16 Days editorial content at https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

International Summit on Domestic|Family Violence in the COVID-19 Era

You Are Invited

To the International Summit on Domestic/
Family Violence in the COVID-19 Era

Hosted By the Working Group of the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice @UNHQ

Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era

You are invited to: A Virtual Conference on Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era

12 November 2020, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

Seeking to address the huge gap in public awareness of nuclear weapons risk and applicable international law, the New York State Bar Association International Section is holding an all-day virtual conference that will bring together leading public officials, thought-leaders, policymakers, and experts for a comprehensive look at this often ignored subject.

According to Professor Charles J. Moxley, Jr., an LCNP director and a conference organizer, “International law may well hold the world’s best prospect for addressing and getting ahead of the existential risks posted by nuclear weapons.”

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) is one of the co-sponsors of the conference and is well-represented in the program.

Register (no charge) and see the agenda here.

Among the speakers:

  • Professor Moxley, Kathleen Lawand of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Professor David Koplow of Georgetown Law
  • Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, will deliver a keynote address, followed by a panel on the role of the United Nations featuring her, LCNP Senior Analyst John Burroughs, Allison Pytlak of Reaching Critical Will/WILPF, and LCNP Executive Director Ariana Smith (moderator)
  • Jerry Brown, former Governor of California and Executive Chairman, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, will engage in a dialogue on responding to the greatest threats to humanity with Jonathan Granoff, President of Global Security Institute and an LCNP director
  • A panel on advancing the rule of law and morality in relation to nuclear weapons includes Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, LCNP advisor Laurie Ashton, an attorney who served on the legal team for the Marshall Islands in its nuclear disarmament cases in the International Court of Justice, and Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund, and co-author with William Perry of The Button

Additional panels will address nuclear weapons risks, consequences and responses, and the treaty regime on nuclear weapons.

Conference co-sponsors in addition to LCNP are Fordham Law School, Center on National Security; Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Ethics and World Affairs; American Bar Association, International Law Section; New York City Bar Association, Committees on International Law, Military and Veteran Affairs, Nuclear Policy and the United Nations, and Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice; New York County Lawyers Association, Committee on Foreign & International Law; Global Security Institute.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

Holocaust Education in Crisis? Challenges and Responses

To mark the anniversary of the November 1938 Pogrom, The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and UNESCO are hosting an online discussion Holocaust education in crisis? Challenges and responses to examine the implications of recent surveys about Holocaust education and possible responses to the challenges and opportunities they raise.
Discussions about Holocaust education usually focus on three main questions: what should be taught, how should it be taught, and to what end? Recent surveys have shown that historical knowledge of the Holocaust is in decline, while related dis- and misinformation is on the rise. Simultaneously, research suggests a connection between students’ positive attitudes towards human rights and activism and their exposure to Holocaust education. Our diverse expert panel considers the implications of this research for their field.
Speakers:

Gretchen Skidmore, Director of Education Initiatives, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States

Debórah Dwork, Founding Director, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center – CUNY, United States

Stuart Foster, Executive Director of the Center for Holocaust Education, University College London, United Kingdom

Elke Gryglewski, Head of the Educational Department, Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference, Germany

Yael Siman, Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Science, Iberoamericana University, Mexico

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns-NY, please visit csvgc-ny.org. For more information on the Decolonization Alliance, please email President Bautista at lbautista@umcjustice.org. 

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programs & actions in the fight against small arms trafficking/misuse

The European Union & the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs present:

Supporting gender mainstreamed policies, programmes and actions in the fight against small arms trafficking and misuse, in line with the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Register here: eventbrite.com/e/gender-mainstreaming-in-small-arms-control-in-line-with-the-wps-agenda-tickets-125967477115

The event presents initiatives in support of more effective, gender-responsive small arms control. Overview of opportunities and challenges to gender-responsive small arms control; In-country training programmes for national small arms commissions in Africa; Partnerships with parliamentarians, women’s organizations and the Women, Peace and Security community in Asia and the Pacific; Firearms investigations from a gender perspective & linkages between small arms legislation and the elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean; Increasing engagement for a gendered approach to small arms control at the grass-root level.

This is a virtual, open event in the margins of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee and the UN Security Council debate on WPS.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit https://ngocswvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-New York, please visit https://ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch.

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

September 18th – Community-Driven Sessions – 9:00am – 1:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 9:00am – 10:20am

Reaching the Summit: Promoting the Potential of the UN75 Declaration – Baha’i International Community, UN2020, and Together First

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81158216396

Speakers: Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Alya Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Daniel Perell, Representative to the UN for the Baha’i International Community; Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor, UN2020 & Together First; Enyseh Teimory, Communications Officer, Together First, United Nations Association – UK; Cristina Petcu, Research Associate, The Stimson Center; Joshua Lincoln, Senior Fellow, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Community Peace as a Foundation of Security – Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89501354102

Speakers: Oshita Oshita, Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Ademola Lawal, Head of Defence and Strategic Studies, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development

One Earth System, One Heritage, One Pact: Stockholm+50, an Opportunity to Restore a Well-functioning Earth System/Stable Climate – Common Home of Humanity

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88335338518

Speakers: Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Izabella Teixiera, former Minister of the Environment of Brazil, Co-chair of the International Resource Panel; Paulo Magalhães, Founder and President of Common Home of Humanity; Earl James, Board Member, Common Homes of Humanity; Magnus Jiborn, Senior Researcher, Global Challenges Foundation

Empowering Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Peacebuilding – Sophia University in Tokyo

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82604317117

Speakers: Lual Deng, President of Eboni Center in South Sudan Eisei Kurimoto, Professor at Osaka University in Japan; Daisaku Higashi, Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo

Concurrent Sessions 10:30am – 11:50am

Policy Review of a UN Parliamentary Assembly – Democracy Without Borders

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81387087548

Speakers: Andreas Bummel, Co-founder and Executive Director of Democracy Without Borders; Nomsa Tarabella Marchesi, Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of South Africa; Domenec Devesa, Member of the European Parliament of Spain; Alhagie Mbow, Member of the Pan African Parliament of Gambia; Lilita Puig, Member of the Parliament of PARLASUR; Darren Bergman, Member of the Parliament of South Africa

Reinventing the Role of International and Regional Organizations in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Institutions in Times of Crisis: What has Been Done and What is Next? – International IDEA

Webex Webinar Link: https://idea.webex.com/idea/onstage/g.php?MTID=e 7ce6ca4a5f0d9e0ddd91d931b34c4d48

Speakers: Patricia Galdamez, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, Community of Democracies; Francisco Guerrero, Secretary, Strengthening of Democracy, Organization of American States; Khabele Matlosa, Director for Political Affairs, African Union Commission Max Gilbert, Focal Point for the SDGs and Senior Advisor for External Relations, Council of Europe Massimo Tomassoli, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International IDEA

Cutting costs of remittance flows – wrapping up the unfinished business from Agenda 2030 – International Organization for Migration and RTpay

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89075262758

Speakers: Marina Manke, Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, Department of Migration Management, International Organization for Migration; Chris Williams, Chairman of RTpay; Amit Sharma, CEO, FinClusive; Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund; Francis Mugisha, Member of Leadership Team, TransferLink

Concurrent Sessions 12:00pm – 1:20pm

How the Beijing Women’s Conference speaks to us today – Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan

Zoom Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isML-WsLTjiIB ziCqVacXg

Speakers: Soon-Young Yoon, Representative to the UN for International Alliance of Women, co-driver of the fwMAP; Charlotte Bunch, founder and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University; Zonibel Woods, Gender consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank; Uzma Gul, human rights advocate and youth leader; Rahima Sajid, American Pakistan Fellow and youth representative to the UN

“Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21 st Century” book presentation – Global Governance Forum Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87346359062 Speakers: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary Mark Wolf, Senior United States District Judge, Chair, Integrity Initiatives International Maja Groff, Visiting Professor from Leiden University Arthur L. Dahl, President of International Environment Forum August Lopez-Claros, Chair of Global Governance Forum Robert Rotberg, Professor from Harvard University, Kennedy School Joseph Baratta, Historian, Author of The Politics of World Federation Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability

Joining Capacities to respond to regional crises: Calling on Latin American and the Caribbean’s regional organizations? – Plataforma CIPÓ and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

*closed-door session

Speakers: Yadira Pinilla Soto, Advisor to the Director of the Department of the Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions at the Organization of American States ;Luis Consuegra, Strategic Partnerships Advisor at International IDEA; Marina Kumskova, UN Liaison for Global Partnership of Armed Conflict (GPPAC); Adriana Abdenur, Co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ

A fourth pillar for the United Nations? Protecting the United Nations by reforming counter-terrorism – SaferWorld

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83511237817

Speakers: Jordan Street, Policy and Advocacy Adviser at SaferWorld; Marc Batac, Regional Officer at Initiatives for International Dialogue; Ali Altiok, Program Officer for Interpeace USA; Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Special Rapporteur on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism; Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies Ali Altiok, Author and Youth Expert; Lorraine Degruson, Network Coordinator at UNOY

Conserving the Amazon: Financing and Sustainability – Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123759934

Speakers: Daniel Nepstad, Executive Director, Founder, and President of Earth Innovation Institute; Renata Piazzon, Executive Manager of Climate Change at Arapyau Institute; Jonah Wittkamper, Founder of Global Governance Philanthropy Network Walter Vergara, Secretariat at Initiative 20×20; Felipe Cruz Tuxa, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

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West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

As part of Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign launched by the African Union (AU) on 24th July 2020, the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) will convene 6 regional Intergenerational Dialogues. The outcomes of OYE engagements will feed into the youth declaration on the AU Theme of the Year and AU Youth Envoy briefings to the both AU Peace and security Council and UN Security Council.

The Convenings will also roll out the IGD Brochure & Toolkit for Intergenerational Co-Leadership.

Special guest:
H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs

Speakers:
Mr. Edward Mulbah, Executive Director, Liberia Peacebuilding Office
Ms. Mfrekeobong Ukpanah, AU Peace and Security Department
Ms. Dolapo Lawal – African Youth Front on Coronavirus

Performances:
Barhama – Artist (The Gambia)
Maryam Bukar Hassan – Poet (Nigeria)
Michael Olatuja – Musician (Nigeria)

Session Moderators:
Mr. Moctar Kane, African Youth Ambassador for Peace (Mali)
Ms. Feranmi Adeola, West Africa Anti-corruption Youth Ambassador (Nigeria)
Mr. Amos Williams, Federation of Liberian Youth (Liberia)
Mr. Serigne NDIAYE, AU Youth Advisory Council (Senegal)
Ms. Grace Simon, Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster Risk Reduction (Nigeria)
Aug 27, 2020 04:00 PM in Nairobi

African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) is releasing the Intergenerational Dialogues Brochure and Toolkit for Co-Leadership.

In 2020, the average age of the African leadership is 64 years old and the average age of the population is about 20. Conflict on the continent is aggravated by the lack of communication and collaboration between generations. The generation that fought for independence; the generation that built the African nation and the current youthful population that navigates a world of continued violence and inequality. However, Young people are connected, better educated, tech-savvy, full of potential and ready to CO-LEAD!

Today we make available IGD Toolkit for youth to self-organize as part of 100 Intergenerational Dialogues #100IGD across and beyond Africa to bridge social, cultural and political differences between generations and thereby address both current and emerging conflict patterns.

Our Theory of Change is Intergenerational Co-Leadership, Join Us!

The initiative inculcates Agenda 2063’s emphasis on social dialogues for peace and sustains OYE’s Strategic Action Plan to build bridges and address barriers to youth leadership.

IGD Brochure and toolkit is available here.

Watch IGD on Africa Day 

Read more about the Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign activities;

  • Six Virtual Regional Intergenerational Dialogues

  • Youth Silencing the Guns Awards

  • Trainings and Capacity Development

Join the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy, 6 Regional Intergenerational Dialogues as part of  “Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign”taking place from 27 August to 11 September 2020

Themes to be discussed include; Free- conflict Africa, Silencing Poverty & Hunger, Silencing Gender Based Violence, Silencing Youth Unemployment, Silencing Corruption and Silencing Climate Crisis.

Save dates for Intergenerational Dialogues (IGDs)

27 August, 2020 –  West Africa Youth Silencing the Guns IGD

01 September, 2020 – East Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

03 September, 2020 – Central Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

08 September, 2020 – North Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

10 September, 2020 – Southern Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

11 September, 2020 – Diaspora Silencing the Guns IGD

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

“Committed to the Cause – Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking”

The 2020 theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons will focus on the first responders to human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors – identifying, supporting, counseling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the essential role of first responders has become even more important. Particularly as the restrictions imposed by the pandemic have made their work even more difficult. Still, their contribution is often overlooked and unrecognized.

Through stories from first responders describing their practical work in assisting victims UNODC intends to spotlight their contribution and that of their function, institution, organization, team or community and its impact on fighting trafficking.

Find more information here:

How you can get involved:

  • Highlight the work of first responders in your country, community or organization;
  • Share, like and comment on the social media messages for the World Day,
  • Donate to the United NationsVoluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, which provides on-the-ground assistance and protection to victims of trafficking.

Please use the hashtags #EndHumanTrafficking and #HumanTrafficking on all digital platforms.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org.

[Interactive Webinar] Radical Inclusion for Advancing Social Justice: LGBTQ Human Rights in the Caribbean

Radical Inclusion for Advancing Social Justice: LGBTQ Human Rights in the Caribbean

An interactive webinar organized by PCI Media

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
12:00 PM EST

Register now: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe4C_1nasrkr55HuslN6LzDx8hb-OLY8WydmGgfbC_m9Lbpg/viewform

Sustainable social justice movements require organization, creativity, and participation from all levels of society.

Join PCI Media’s President, Meesha Brown, and Bennet Charles, Communications Officer, in a discussion about the importance of authentic partnerships in advancing human rights for the LGBTQ community. The webinar will focus on the One Community Many Voices program in the Eastern Caribbean Region.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on UN efforts to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, please write to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights at LGBTHumanRights@un.org and visit its website here.

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