Discord over LGBTQ protections emerges at UN labour body -sources

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06/08/2023

A standoff has emerged over a reference to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the budget of the International Labour Organization, pitting a group of mostly Western countries against African and Arab states, according to six sources following the matter. The impasse over terminology at the ILO’s annual meeting in Geneva may hold up – or even prevent – approval of the body’s $885 million budget for 2024-2025, said the sources, who include four Western diplomats, an African diplomat and a civil society official.

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