UN Policy on Domestic Partners Thaws a Bit
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Published in: January-February 2006 issue.


Within the GLBT community, misunderstanding as to what the UN can reasonably be expected to accomplish is at least as pervasive as it is in other communities. The UN is not a world government. It is an inter-governmental organization comprised of Member States. The UN does not tell its Member States what to do; on the contrary, Member States determine what sort of projects the UN should embark upon, and how its money (collected from the Member States through assessed contributions) is to be spent. Only in very limited circumstances does the UN take action which may be perceived as circumscribing the sovereignty of individual Member States and the results, when it does so, are far from consistently successful.

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