ERC Conferences

The ERC Global Conference is the only global convening of its kind in which states, development cooperation agencies, civil society, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, and other relevant stakeholders come together to advance LGBTI human rights and inclusive development.


The Equal Rights Coalition was launched at the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Montevideo in 2016, at which the 30 founding Member States of the ERC were announced. The Vancouver conference in 2018 marked the first conference under a fully operational ERC and provided opportunities for high-level diplomatic engagement, working-level collaboration, and network-building among ERC stakeholders.

Under the co-chairship of the UK and Argentina, a virtual conference was held in July 2021 to launch the ERC 5-year Strategy, and a hybrid conference was held in Buenos Aires in September 2022, to deliver on the ERC’s strategic priorities and provide space to discuss cross-cutting issues related to LGBTI rights.

The ERC conferences

Montevideo 2016

The Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference was held from 10-15 July 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Vancouver 2018

Leaving No-One Behind: the Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development took place from 5-7 August 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, under the co-chairship of Canada and Chile. 

Online 2021

A virtual ERC conference, hosted by the State Co-Chairs (the United Kingdom and Argentina), was held on 6-7 July 2021. This event focused on launching the ERC 5-year Strategy and Implementation Plan.

Buenos Aires 2022

The ERC conference was held on 8-9 September 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and online, and focused on delivery of the ERC’s strategic priorities and providing space to discuss cross-cutting issues related to LGBTI rights

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Banning So-Called ‘Conversion Therapies’

09 April 2024


Eliminating Harmful Practices against and Promoting Human Rights Protection of Intersex People

29 September 2023


Using CEDAW to pursue the decriminalisation of LBTQ people: promising avenues and developments

12 June 2023


Buenos Aires 2022 Conference Report

30 November 2022


ERC Pre-Conference Report 2022

08 September 2022

Research Briefing

Anti-Gender Movement Background Paper

08 September 2022


Statement on the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Thailand by the Co-chairs on behalf of the Equal Rights Coalition

10 July 2024


International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2024: Declaration by the Co-chairs on behalf of the Equal Rights Coalition

14 May 2024


Equal Rights Coalition launches its Secretariat, hosted by ILGA World

08 May 2024


ERC statement on the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage and Homoparental Adoption in Greece

26 February 2024


Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the Russian Supreme Court judgment infringing LGBTIQ+ people’s basic human rights 

18 December 2023


ERC statement on the decriminalization of same-sex activity between men in Mauritius

17 October 2023