Highlights from the United Nations General Assembly LGBTI Core Group Event

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On September 20th OutRight with the UN LGBTI Core Group held the 5th annual LGBTI Human Rights event at UNGA leaders weeks in UN Headquarters. The event focussed on the theme of ending violence and discrimination against LGBTI people and included key note speeches from the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, heads of State’s, senior ministers, and special representative from 12 countries. The evening was attended by States, UN Agency and Secretariat representatives and civil society. The event was moderated by Jessica Stern, Executive DIrector of OutRight Action International.  

Government representatives presenting at the event included:

  • Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
  • Ana Helena Chacon Echeverria, Vice-President of Costa Rica
  • Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Zeid Ra'Ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights
  • Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Netherlands
  • Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Development of the United Kingdom
  • Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada
  • Fernando Simas Magalhaes, Vice-Minister for Multilateral and Political Affairs, Europe and North America of Brazil
  • Martin Bille Hermann, Denmark’s State secretary for Development Policy
  • Tone Skogen, a State Secretary in Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Fernando Garcia-Casas, Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ibero-America and the Caribbean

Speakers highlighted the progress and pushback occurring worldwide on the human rights of LGBTIQ people, pointing out legislative successes at the local and international level in an era of fundamentalism and conservatism.

Government leaders called on the UN to continue to protect the rights of LGBTIQ people, noting time and time again that LGBTI rights are Human Rights. Leaders also called on each other to open dialogue with states and other stakeholders which might challenge the fundamental rights of LGBTI people. Special interest and applause was given to the UN LGBTI Core group and its function in advancing LGBTI rights at the UN.

Jessica Stern closed the event with a message of hope for LGBTI people around the world, remarking, “You Are Not Alone. We are with you. The United Nations is with you. States and world leaders are with you.”

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