Eleven countries attending the first ministerial meeting on the rights of LGBT people held at the United Nations on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to gay rights and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

A resolution adopted by the ministers states that “those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender must enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.”

“Key to protecting the human rights of LGBT individuals is the full and effective implementation of applicable international human rights law.”

“We agree with the United Nations Secretary-General's assessment that combating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes 'one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time.' We hereby commit ourselves to working together with other States and civil society to make the world safer, freer and fairer for LGBT people everywhere.”

Secretary of State John Kerry attended the session, calling it “historic” in his remarks.

“For its part, the United States and the Obama administration is fully committed to this work,” Kerry said. “I took personal satisfaction this past year when the United States Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act – and I say personal satisfaction because I was one of 14 senators who voted against that when it passed – and that prevented federal recognition of same-sex marriages.”

“But this moment has to be more than a moment to simply celebrate how far we have come, or the historic nature of this particular event. When people continue to be harassed, arrested or even murdered simply because of who they are or who they love or what they believe, how their lives are organized and structured, then we have to recommit to our work together. In too many places around the world, LGBT persons are still punished for simply exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms,” he added.

Kerry also announced a $1 million contribution from The Netherlands to the Global Equality Fund, a global initiative to support gay rights first announced in 2011 by former secretary Hillary Clinton.

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The meeting was attended by ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.