By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
NEW YORK, February 24 (C-Fam) The UN bureaucracy is once again trying to fast track the adoption of hundreds of statistical indicators to measure progress on the UN development goals, without giving time for the UN’s political organs to review them.
The UN Statistical Commission may adopt a global set of indicators, that among other disputed measurements included social acceptance of homosexuality, access to abortion for adolescent girls without parental consent, and the availability of comprehensive sexuality education, to assess progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
After failing last year, the UN bureaucracy is trying once more to ram the indicators through approval with just two weeks to go before the Commission decides and without as much as a single negotiating session.
The Commission—made up of technical experts who only come to UN headquarters once a year and are unfamiliar with UN negotiations—declined to adopt the indicators last year after UN delegates who spent the last five years painstakingly negotiating the new UN development goals stopped them.
The understanding was that adoption was not possible by the Commission in the first place because the General Assembly agreement establishing the Sustainable Development Goals tasked the Commission to “agree” on the indicators rather than “adopt” them. The goals are supposed to be agreed upon by the highest and most representative political UN organs, the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.
Stefano Gennarini, J.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”Read entire article
By Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D
NEW YORK, February 24 (C-Fam) The EU Parliament recently announced its “priorities” for the next Commission on the Status of Women are “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.” The EU document implies that limiting access to abortion is an infringement of women’s rights.
The EU recommendation invites the EU Council to “counter the impact of the gag rule,” a term abortion advocates have used to denigrate the Reagan-era policy which ensures that U.S. taxpayer only funds groups that promise not to promote or perform abortions. The text was drafted by the Committee on Women’s Rights (FEMM). FEMM’s rapporteurs described the policy as forms of “sexism and Trumpism,” and said somebody “in the Oval Office” “wants us to … stop repeating the claim “Our bodies – our rights.”
Similarly, Canada’s Minister on Status of Women, Maryam Monsef, said denying access to abortion is a form of violence against women. “We’re committed to making sure that women and girls have that choice, because otherwise, this is a form of gender-based violence,” Monsef said. Canada’s Prime Minister already announced that his approach to international aid includes abortion.
The European Parliament has urged policy makers to counter the Mexico City Policy by replacing funds lost by the Trump’s reenactment of the policy “using both national as well as EU development funding.”
Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”
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