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26 September 2013- 12:30pm - Ministerial Meeting on the Role of the United Nations in Ending Violence and Discrimination against LGBT People

Media will be given access for the first 2-3 minutes of the meeting for a photo spray (at approximately 12:35pm)
This is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time. We must right these wrongs”
– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 15 April 2013


When: September 26, 12.30-1.30 pm

Where: Meeting Room S-2727
Secretariat Building
UN Headquarters, New York

What: An unprecedented Ministerial-level meeting at the United Nations to share and discuss ideas for combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons worldwide.

Who: Confirmed participants include the foreign ministers of Argentina, The Netherlands and Norway, and the Secretary of State of the United States of America; the Minister of Development Cooperation of France; high-level representatives of Brazil, Croatia, the European Union, Japan and New Zealand; the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and executive directors of Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).

Why: A landmark 2011 study by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights found a deeply disturbing pattern of violence and discriminatory laws and practices affecting individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. More than 76 countries still criminalize consensual, adult same-sex relationships, while in many more countries discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including the workplace and in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people – including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings – has been recorded in all regions.

This meeting provides an opportunity for ministers and other high-level representatives to discuss how advance the protection of the human rights of LGBT persons, and to secure commitments from Member States to this end. They are expected to endorse and issue a Ministerial Declaration committing their Governments and organizations to work together and in partnership with other States to this end.

Note to editors: This is a closed meeting. Media will be given access for the first 2-3 minutes of the meeting for a photo spray (at approximately 12:35pm). Media representatives who wish to attend the photo spray are kindly requested to register their names in advance (see contacts below), and to come to the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (MALU) located in Room S-250 (2nd Floor, Secretariat Building), by 12.00pm at the latest, from where they will be escorted to the meeting venue. Copies of the draft Ministerial Declaration, to be adopted at the meeting, will be made available to media on an embargoed basis on the morning of 26 September.

For register for attendance or to request interviews: Martina Donlon, Dept. of Public Information; Tel: 212 963 6816, Email: donlon@un.org Toiko Kleppe, OHCHR; Tel: 917 367 2754, Email: kleppe@un.org


This meeting is being organized by the LGBT Core Group at the United Nations in New York – a cross regional group that includes Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the European Union, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the USA, as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Human Rights Watch and IGLHRC.



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