Gay Lobby Disappointed at Just-Concluded UN Commission
NEW YORK, April 1 (C-Fam) The 54 Member States of the UN Commission on the Status of Women have refused to bow to U.S. and EU pressure on homosexual/trans issues.
The just-concluded commission adopted an agreement largely along the lines of past years, with marginal bureaucratic gains for homosexual/trans issues and abortion groups through ambiguous terms like “sexual and reproductive health” and “women in diverse situations and conditions.”
Homosexual/trans groups, however, were disappointed that the phrase “sexual orientation and gender identity” appeared nowhere in the final document. Advocates were bullish after a win in the General Assembly last fall but that win came only after subterfuge that left a bad taste in the mouths of many delegations.
Delegates from the United States, the European Union, and Latin American countries tried to talk-up the bureaucratic gains in the agreement, including more language to indirectly promote homosexual/trans issues, like “multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination” and “women in diverse situations and conditions.” But they were ultimately unable to hide their disappointment at the lack of more “progressive” language on these issues.
Delegates from the Russian Federation and several majority Muslim countries objected to the use of even these ambiguous terms, including delegates from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Egypt.
The biggest gains by the left came with the promotion of “sexual and reproductive health” in the context of climate change policies for the first time.
Delegates from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and the Holy See made reservations on the use of the term “sexual and reproductive health,” noting that they did not understand abortion to be part of their understanding of the term.
In fact, UN agencies already promote abortion and homosexual/trans issues as human rights under the rubric of “sexual and reproductive health” in their policy manuals, and specifically in the “Minimum Initial Service Package,” which contains programming for UN agencies responding to natural disasters and conflict. The manual even calls on humanitarian actors to force doctors and health-care providers to refer women for abortion against their conscience.
The agreed conclusions will open new avenues of political influence and funding for abortion groups in climate change policies and they will be a precedent for all international climate financing schemes, which are anticipated to reach $100 billion annually by 2025.
Previous UN climate agreements omitted any reference to population policies because of the fear of raising the specter of population control and the lack of scientific support for linking climate to population.
Most disappointed of all were the delegations of Mexico and France who lamented the absence of any reference to the Generation Equality Forum, a much-vaunted conference hosted by Mexico, France, and the UN agency for women in 2021 to promote abortion and homosexual/trans issues in UN gender policies.
The French delegate at the closing of the commission recited a short satirical poem to express his frustration. “There once was a forum that could not be named. All were invited but not everyone came…” the poem began. He went on to say, on a more serious note, that gender equality policies “cannot be contained” and that the forum was “not in vain.”
Some delegates expressed frustration at the way the negotiations were conducted. Delegates did not sleep the night prior to the agreement’s adoption and were kept waiting for a final draft of the agreement until 10:00pm on Friday.