Ending Violence and Criminal Sanctions on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Permanent Missions of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Gabon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union

cordially invite you to a:

High Level Panel Discussion on "Ending Violence and Criminal Sanctions on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"

Friday, 10 December, 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
ECOSOC Chamber, NLB, UN Headquarters, New York

"Nor can we stay quiet when people are denied fundamental rights – whatever their race or faith or age or gender or sexual orientation. It is unfortunate that laws that criminalise people on the basis of their sexual orientation exist in some countries. They should be reformed."

- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Featuring:

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: Opening remarks

High level statements by:

  • H.E. Ms. Susan E. Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations;
  • Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Special Video Address:

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Presentations by representatives of civil society:

Including three human rights activists

In collaboration with:

A coalition of non-governmental organisations defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people