International Diplomacy

International Diplomacy

In advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms, diplomatic relations across countries and regions are vital for progress.


Around the world, LGBTI communities continue to face criminalisation, violence, and discrimination. To combat this, States should work together to encourage progress through information and best practice sharing, engagement with civil society, and private and public support for progress on LGBTI rights.

The ERC founding principles outline the importance of diplomacy efforts. In particular, they highlight the responsibility to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and communication in advancing LGBTI human rights, sharing information between States, and building constructive dialogue with States and relevant stakeholders around LGBTI rights and inclusive development.

In 2018 the International Diplomacy group developed a diplomacy and advocacy toolkit for promoting LGBTI human rights internationally. The toolkit outlines key actions to be taken on international diplomacy in the ERC mechanism.

These are:

  • Information sharing – gathering key information with local civil society organizations, agencies, host-country governments, and other interlocutors, and information sharing among ERC members.
  • Civil society engagement – building relationships, supporting capacity-building, and supporting at-risk communities.
  • Government engagement – contacts with local government, private demarches, expressions of support, and ministerial demarches.
  • Public responses – local statements from missions, individual statements from Member States, sub-group statements, and full ERC statements.
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2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021


CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

07 July 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic & LGBTIQ+ communities: a call for action for government & multilateral donors

20 April 2021

Research Briefing

Gender Recognition and Trans Rights in the UK

20 October 2020


Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities

20 April 2020

Equal Rights Coalition Civil Society Roles & Structure Proposal

20 November 2018


ERC 2021 Convening Civil Society Statement

09 July 2021

Strategic Document

Equal Rights Coalition Strategic Plan 2021-2026

06 July 2021

Strategic Document

Annex B: Five-Year Implementation Plan

06 July 2021


A statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on serious human rights violations and abuses against LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

19 April 2021


Equal Rights Coalition’s (ERC) statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the human rights of LGBTI persons

15 May 2020


Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

13 April 2019