The governments of the Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda and the United States cosponsored a virtual October 22, 2020 gathering in Washington, D.C. for a multinational ceremonial signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration (so-called because it was intended to occur in Geneva before the live meeting of the World Health Assembly was postponed due to COVID-19). This Declaration further strengthens the coalition to achieve these four pillars: (1) better health for women, (2) the preservation of human life, (3) strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society, and (4) protecting every nation's national sovereignty in global politics. For example, it is the sovereign right of every nation to make their own laws in regard to abortion, absent external pressure.
We believe that finding genuine solutions to health concerns should be a priority uniting Member States. This Declaration charts a positive way forward for accelerating progress on achieving this end.
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Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family | local copy (pdf, captured 2020-10-22)
[2020-10-22] The following 32 countries signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration on October 22, 2020, representing over 1.5 billion people and every region of the world.
Note: Those countries in bold are the Declaration leading co-sponsors.
COMMENTARY (BuriedTruth). Note that most of the countries above fall in the Equatorial | Southern Hemisphere band of countries, that are most restrictive with regard to women's reproductive health rights.
[resource] Center for Reproductive Rights.
[Statistica.com, 2020-10-12] The Legal Status of Abortion Worldwide.
[RightWingWatch.org, 2020-10-21] Trump Administration Launches New Manifesto With Anti-Choice, Anti-Equality Regimes Trump Administration Launches New Manifesto With Anti-Choice, Anti-Equality Regimes. ... On Thursday, Oct. 22 2020, less than two weeks before an election that could bring the Trump administration to a close, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar are scheduled to join Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda in sponsoring a virtual ceremony to sign the "Geneva Consensus Declaration," reports the Independent, which notes that, other than the U.S., the sponsoring nations involved "have strict laws on both abortion and same-sex or ban each entirely." ... The event appears to be a culmination of Pompeo's intensive efforts to build opposition to any international recognition of a right to reproductive choice-and his zeal to undermine international recognition of the rights of LGBTQ people while celebrating governmental enforcement of "traditional" religious values on gender, sexuality, and family. ...
[Independent.co.uk, 2020-10-20] Trump administration set to sign declaration aimed at restricting abortion. Other member states signing declaration include Brazil, Uganda Hungary and Egypt. ... The Geneva Consensus is a coalition of states who oppose the United Nations's (UN) Declaration of Human Rights, which are enshrined in international law. In particular, Geneva Consensus members disagree with the UN's stance on abortion. The UN Human Rights Commission says that abortion is a human right, and many of the US's key Western allies -- such as France and the UK -- agree with that stance. ...
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