Ministers from 11 countries meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly have adopted a Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Declaration says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) must enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.
On 26 September 2013, leaders from the UN's core group of countries working to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people met in New York for the first-ever ministerial meeting at the UN on LGBT rights. In this video, Free & Equal -- the unprecedented UN public information campaign for LGBT equality -- captures strong statements by several attendees, who included the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.S. Secretary of State, the Argentine, Brazilian, Croatian, Dutch and Norwegian foreign ministers, the French Minister of Development Cooperation, senior officials from the European Union, Japan and New Zealand, and the directors of Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
Click here to watch the video on the United Nations Free & Equal website