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Sexual diversity and the law
In a powerful victory for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 66 nations at the UN General Assembly supported a groundbreaking statement confirming that international human rights protections include sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the first time that a statement condemning rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has been presented in the General Assembly.
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Indigenous peoples and globalization
The severity of the impacts of climate change and mitigation processes on indigenous peoples and the complex negotiating processes around climate change compels us to have a basic understanding of climate change and the policies and actions being taken to address it. This is the biggest proof that the dominant development model is unsustainable and therefore needs to be changed. International cooperation and solidarity to support the indigenous peoples' adaptation initiatives and to strengthen their contributions to climate change mitigation is crucial.
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Durban Review Conference 2009
The ILO global reports have particularly highlighted the link between poverty and racial discrimination and examined in detail the situation of ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, migrant workers, people of African descent, the Roma and religious minorities. The effects of multiple discrimination, particular discrimination faced by women on the basis of race and sex, were stressed.
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The first Sarajevo Queer Festival took place between 24 and 28 September 2008. Organized by a non-governmental organization called Udruženje Q, the festival of art and culture included exhibitions, performances, public discussions and films. However, in the run-up to the festival, some politicians and certain parts of the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina unleashed a homophobic campaign. The threats issued against the organizers of the festival culminated and materialized on 24 September, during the opening ceremony.
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Rights of persons with disabilities
Disability experts from around the world with backgrounds in government, international organizations, and civil society stressed the need to mainstream disability in all development activities in order to achieve equality for persons with disabilities.
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"The history of development success shows that the crucible of change is primarily national and local, but rich countries, societies, and corporations carry a huge respon sibility. The deeply inequitable forms of global governance must be overhauled so that global phenomena such as climate change, capital flows, migration, conflict, or trade and investment are managed in ways that reduce poverty, inequality, and suffering".
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Human Rights /Gender - Thu Nov 20 2008
Signatures from around the world against the veto
"We hope the democratic system returns the rights your veto has violated to all Uruguayans."

People /Society - Tue Nov 18 2008
ASEAN Peoples' Forum 2008
Civil society organizations and social movements from across Southeast Asia will gather in Bangkok for the ASEAN Peoples' Forum (APF), from December 12 to 14, 2008.
Source: ASEAN Peoples' Forum 2008

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World Social Forum (WSF) Internally Displaced Persons Gender-based violence Poverty
Migrations Cairo +10 - ICPD +10 Migrant sex work Beijing +10: Conference on Women review
Indigenous peoples and globalization Convention on rights of migrants The gender gap in education Sexual and reproductive rights
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Homophobia Sexual diversity and the law Migration: Hemispheric Conference
Women for peace Accessibility World Conference Against Racism - WCAR 2001  

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