UN pro-gay rights group pledges to tackle violence, discrimination globallyListen /
For the first time, a ministerial meeting was held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly annual debate to discuss the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
The UN LGBT Core Group includes countries such as France, Netherlands, Norway, the US, Brazil, Argentina, Croatia, El Salvador, Israel, Japan and the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security policy.
The Group issued a declaration pledging not just to protect LGBT rights, but also to counter homophobic and transphobic attitudes in society at large, including through public education campaigns.
Speaking to UN Radio's Rocío Franco, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, hailed this step as a historic "first" for the United Nations.