Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, will attend this unprecedented Ministerial-level meeting at the United Nations to discuss strategies for ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons worldwide.
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 best to advance the discussion of protection of the human rights of LGBT persons, and to secure commitments from Member States to this end. Ministers are expected to endorse and issue a Declaration committing their Governments to work together and in partnership with other States to this end.
The meeting is closed; media will be given access for the first five minutes of the meeting for a photo spray (i.e. at approximately 12:35pm). Copies of the Ministerial Declaration, to be adopted at the meeting, will be made available to media on an embargoed basis on the morning 26 September.