United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (CEDSG)
Agenda Item: Promotion of Rights and Freedoms of Trans Individuals from an Intersectional Perspective
Under-Secretary-General: Selva Daşdemir
Under-Secretary-General: Aylin Samsar
Under-Secretary-General: İlkyaz Deniz Bilgiç
Academic Advisor to the Committee: Polat Yamaner
United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (CEDSG) is a predictive expert committee taking place in a future date, based on the appointment of independent experts on sexual orientation and gender identity by the UN Human Rights Council. The academic team has prepared a convention creating the framework for the expert committee’s proceedings. The committee will be focusing on the facilitation of the rights and freedoms of trans individuals.
The experts within this committee will be responsible for creating reports, that consist of the problems that LGBT+ people face within their communities and the possible solutions that countries can implement to solve these issues. The exports are in position of being knowledgeable guides that can evaluate the problems on a more concrete and detailed level, and present solutions that governments may not be able to come up with themselves.
What sets apart from others in the UN organization is the fact that this committee is made up of experts on the issue of discrimination of sexual orientation and gender identity, and not politicians representing the politics of their respective countries. Each expert is well informed of the problems that their country is facing and come together to find a solution that would improve the lives of the LGBT+ individuals living in their countries. So while in other UN committee’s such as SOCHUM, there might be a debate on whether rights should be given to LGBT+ people at all, the purpose of this committee is to figure out solutions that would make their lives easier, as the goal of every single participant in this committee is to create a better world for LGBT+ individuals. The experts are not tied down by the opinions and politics of the countries they come from but are representatives of the LGBT+ people living in those communities.