On the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) reiterated its commitment in favour of the freedom and equality of every human being, regardless of his or her sexual orientation and gender identity.
The MAECI Administration has long launched a fruitful and constructive dialogue with Globe-MAE, the Association that groups together the Ministry’s LGBTI employees. This cooperation has led to the adoption of measures – also regulatory – aimed at assuring the performance of professional assignments abroad in inclusive and discrimination-free contexts.
The agenda of initiatives includes, on Friday, 20 May, the event “New Challenges in Combating Homophobia”, promoted by the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Human Rights in association with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and UNAR, which will be hosted at the Foreign Ministry.
Italy’s commitment in the world
Italy’s commitment to protect the rights of LGBTI is at all levels. At bilateral level, in EU and UN contexts, Italy supports and promotes numerous initiatives aimed at decriminalising homosexuality and combating the discrimination and abuse of LGBTI.
At UN level especially, in December of 2008, Italy actively supported the first UN General Assembly’s Statement on “human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity”. In 2015, Italy adhered to the good practices report published by the UN, calling on all Member States to adopt concrete measures against abuse and discrimination.