We, the undersigned United Nations staff members are justly proud to be
part of organizations working to realize the high ideals of the UN Charter
- the promotion of the fundamental human rights of all people, the equal
rights of men and women, the dignity and worth of every human person, and
the practice of tolerance.
We are proud because the United Nations and our family of Organizations
have been global leaders in ensuring that staff members are not discriminated
against on the basis of sex, national origin, race, colour or religion.
We are proud because our Organizations have been global leaders in remedying
past inequities such as the gross under-representation of women in professional
and senior posts.
We are proud but question --
We, the undersigned Staff protest this injustice and believe that
the United Nations and its family of organizations must change, we believe
that it is time to end discrimination against staff based on sexual orientation.
- Why does the UN not accord equal rights to its gay, lesbian and bi-sexual
- Why does the UN fail to recognize the committed, non-marital relationships
of these employees?
- Why does the UN deny visas, pension, health, survivors and other benefits
to the loved ones of its gay, lesbian and bi-sexual employees?
- Why does the UN not take firm action to end the many cases of overt discrimination
against its gay, lesbian and bi-sexual employees?
- Why is the UN's record on these issues so far behind that of the World
Bank and other International organizations?
- Why, despite a favourable consensus at the April 1998 meeting of the CCAQ (comprised of Heads of Personnel of UN agencies from throughout the world), has the UN Common System consistently failed to take concrete steps toward the non-discriminatory recognition of domestic partnerships?