Global South Revolts Against Western Sexual Agenda at World Health Assembly
GENEVA, June 3 (C-Fam) In a statement of defiance against Western pressure on sexual mores, over 120 countries rejected a U.S.-backed global strategy to address HIV/AIDS because it promotes the homosexual/trans agenda and sexual autonomy for children.
Only 61 out of 194 countries voted in favor of a new strategy of the World Health Organization to combat HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases that was backed by the Biden administration and other Western delegations. This came in a frantic late night session on the final day of the World Health Assembly last Saturday.
Thirty countries abstained and ninety chose not to cast a vote at all because of “non-consensual” language about homosexuality, transgenderism, comprehensive sexuality education, and sexual autonomy for children. Among these were most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where HIV/AIDS has the highest prevalence.
The strategy was nonetheless adopted because many countries that object to the sexual policies of the West are also reliant on global assistance and therefore understand they cannot block the agenda overtly.
The new global strategy shuns abstinence, fidelity, and other risk-avoidance strategies, which aren’t mentioned even once. It promotes a harm-reduction approach instead. This involves providing expensive drugs and prophylactics to enable sexually promiscuous individuals, men who have sex with men, and others who engage in high-risk behaviors to continue to do so.
After adoption, delegates from the Nordic countries, Canada and the United Kingdom criticized their colleagues for failing to support the strategy. They said the strategy was a “technical document” prepared by experts and that diplomats should not object.
Delegates who voted against or abstained insisted they would only implement the global strategy in line with their national laws, cultural norms, and religious values. Delegations that delivered critical statements included Nigeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Djibouti, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
A U.S. Department of Health and Human official representing the United States countered these statements with a promise to continue aggressively promoting homosexual and transgender issues in global health assistance.
“We should not need to hold a vote on the existence of entire communities of people,” she said. “To gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, intersex, transgender and gender non-conforming people around the world, the United States government sees you, and will continue to support you. Stay strong.”
The vote is a slap in the face for western diplomats and health officials who administer billions of dollars in global aid every year. Such strategies are typically adopted unanimously without a vote. It exposed how little political support the liberal sexual mores of the West enjoy globally. It also signals that governments, previously willing to close a blind eye to the promotion of homosexuality, transgender policies and sexual autonomy for children by the global HIV/AIDS establishment, are less willing to do so now.
HIV/AIDS assistance is the number one item on the global health agenda, growing to over $10 billion annually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments that have been on the receiving end of international HIV/AIDS assistance increasingly question the effectiveness of the harm reduction approach. The outbreak of Monkeypox among promiscuous homosexual men in recent weeks also loomed large in the minds of delegates during the World Health Assembly.
Over the last three decades harm-reduction HIV/AIDS programming for populations at high risk of HIV/AIDS—also known as “key populations”—has largely failed to prevent the spread of the virus among men who have sex with men and others at high-risk, where the virus spread continues apace and now accounts for 65% of all new infections globally.