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EBRD signs Open Letter of Support to LGBTQI+ community

EBRD signs Open Letter of Support to LGBTQI+ community

 June 14, 2022

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is proud to be celebrating Pride Month with Mark Brzezinski, United States Ambassador to Poland, and the US Embassy Warsaw.

Supporting and promoting inclusion across the EBRD economies, the Bank has signed an Open Letter of Support to the LGBTQI+ community together with 46 embassies and representations based in Warsaw, Poland. 

Supporting LGBTQI+ inclusion

Gender equality is an integral part of the EBRD's commitment to promoting sustainable and inclusive market economies through its project and policy activities.

The EBRD, with its strong private sector focus and its extensive experience promoting policy dialogue in the countries where it works, has a significant role to play in countering gender inequalities, and instead enabling countries to leverage the contribution that greater gender equality can make to faster recovery and sustainable, long-term growth.

The signatories of the 2022 Open Letter include representatives of the following Embassies and Representations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Community of Democracies, EBRD, EU commission, EU parliament, IOM, ODIHR, UNHCR, Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels-Capital Region.

Pride Month message from Embassies and Representations in Poland

"Human rights are universal and everyone, including the LGBTQI+ persons, are entitled to their full enjoyment," said Mark Brzezinski, United States Ambassador to Poland.

"I support non-discrimination, tolerance, and mutual acceptance. I'm proud to join with my colleagues in the Diplomatic Corps to express support for efforts to raise public awareness of issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities, and other communities in Poland facing similar challenges," committed the Ambassadors.

"Every year since 2012, members of the diplomatic community in Poland have made this commitment. We do so again this year. We acknowledge the dedication of the organizers of equality parades and marches in cities and towns all over Poland," comments the Embassies and Representations in Poland.

"We pay tribute to the hard work of LGBTQI+ and other communities in Poland and around the world. We stand with all those who seek to ensure human rights for LGBTQI+ and other persons belonging to communities facing similar challenges. We welcome efforts to end discrimination, in particular on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity," the parties continued.

"We firm the inherent dignity of each individual, as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," added the Ambassadors.

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