New York

25 September 2018

Secretary-General's video message to the Ministerial Level meeting of the UN LGBTI Core Group

Thank you for coming together to support the equal rights of every member of the human family.
 
The United Nations stands up for the rights of the LGBTI community.
 
Many of its members are imprisoned, abused and even killed simply for who they are or whom they love.
 
Progress has been made in recent years, including this month with the decision by the Supreme Court of India.
 
But so long as people face criminalization, bias and violence based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics, we must redouble our efforts to end these violations.
 
As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let me underscore that the United Nations will never give up the fight until everyone can live free and equal in dignity and rights.
  
Thank you.