Nepal has received funding from the Norwegian government to host a UN regional seminar into sexual orientation and gender identity human rights. 'It speaks volumes to the success of the LGBTI rights movement in Nepal that the United Nations has identified is as the host country,' said Sunil Pant, chair of Nepal LGBT activists Blue Diamond Society and a former MP. Pant added that the fact that Nepal's foreign ministry accepted the offer to host the event shows that they value the human rights of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. The UN regional seminar on sexual orientation and gender identity will take place in Kathmandu in March or April 2013, dates to be confirmed. Government officials, scholars and activists from around the Asian region will attend the seminar and submit recommendations to the UN Human Rights Commission meeting coming up later this year in Geneva.
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