Remarks by Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, after an Economic and Social Council Vote Approving the Accreditation of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Rosemary A. DiCarlo
Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
July 19, 2010


Thank you, Mr. President.

The United States would like to thank countries for their support of our draft decision. ECOSOC has once again sent a clear message to the NGO Committee and to the international community that it will ensure that diverse voices of civil society, including those that advocate for LGBT rights, are heard at the United Nations.

Today, ECOSOC has strengthened Resolution 1996/31 and has upheld its basic tenet that NGOs which clearly meet the requirements for ECOSOC status and have exhausted the remedies afforded them by the NGO Committee will be granted that status.

We hope that members of the NGO Committee will follow the guidance they have received today from ECOSOC in their future deliberations.

Thank you, Mr. President.


PRN: 2010/149