Separate Action on Operative Paragraphs 3 to 7

Mexico, speaking on behalf of the core group of sponsors in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that operative paragraphs 3 to 7 were the heart of the resolution. This vote was an attempt to reintroduce amendments that had already been defeated. It called on all delegations to vote in favour of retaining these paragraphs.

United Kingdom, speaking in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that these paragraphs were fundamental to the resolution. Voting against them would vote against the spirit of the resolution. These paragraphs did not seek to impose values, and they did not refer to same-sex marriage. Discrimination and violence had to stop, and the United Nations should engage towards that goal. The United Kingdom urged all States to vote in favour of maintaining operative paragraphs 3 to 7.

Russian Federation, speaking in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that the establishment of this Special Procedure with such a confrontational approach would mean the end of dialogue within the Council. This mandate would have unclear powers, and unclear terms of reference. Its establishment would not lead to additional protection for millions of people, it would just lead to a waste of the resources of the United Nations. The Russian Federation would vote against retaining these paragraphs, and called on all delegations to do the same.

Saudi Arabia, speaking in an explanation of vote before the vote, said that the concepts of sexual orientation or gender identity were not recognized under international law, and were unclear. Adopting these paragraphs would open a Pandora’s Box against Governments and individuals over rights that did not enjoy consensus. This would only create further division within the United Nations. This issue should be left for States to decide, not the United Nations.

Switzerland, speaking in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that in light of what had just been said, an Independent Expert would contribute to clarifying those concepts. It supported retaining these paragraphs.

With a vote of 21 in favour, 17 against, with 7 abstentions, the Council decided to retain operational paragraphs 3 to 7 within draft resolution L.2/Rev.1.