Together with millions of people around the world, the European Union today celebrates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. As Federica Mogherini said on behalf of the EU, this occasion is "a timely opportunity to remind Governments of their obligation to promote the universality of human rights and ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation enjoys these rights without discrimination."
The EU, together with Plan International and UNICEF, organized an event at the UN in Geneva to launch the revised EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child. The Guidelines, which were adopted yesterday by the EU Foreign Ministers, underline the EU's strong commitment to the fulfillment of all rights for all children. The aim of these Guidelines is to provide general guidance on the measures needed to implement the EU's overarching strategy to promote and protect the rights of all children.
The EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, delivered today the EU statement on the behalf of the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini at the High-level Segment of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, taking place in Geneva from 27 February 2017 to 24 March 2017.