Author Archive for Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

UN Report: “There Is No Definition of the Family”
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UN Report: “There Is No Definition of the Family”

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A draft UN report says the family should be understood “in a wide sense” and tries to open the door to recognize same-sex couples in international law and policy. “There is no definition of the family under international human rights law,” according to a report on “protection of the family” prepared by the UN staff […]

Five Biggest Pro-Life and Pro-Family Losses of 2015
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Five Biggest Pro-Life and Pro-Family Losses of 2015

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Despite many positive events, there is always bad news coming out of the UN. 2015 was no exception. These are the worst moments of 2015. UN Bureaucrats Create New Avenues for Abortion and LGBT Rights The new UN Sustainable Development Goals were an overall loss for abortion groups that spent billions of dollars trying to […]

Five Big Pro-Life and Pro-Family Wins in 2015
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Five Big Pro-Life and Pro-Family Wins in 2015

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The year just ended will prove to be a significant one for the United Nations. Two much anticipated agreements were finalized, one on development and another on climate. For life and family advocates they were both overall wins, although not complete. Here is our list of the best moments of 2015. New UN Development Goals […]

Climate Summit Frustrates Population Control Groups
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Climate Summit Frustrates Population Control Groups

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Population control advocates are miffed that the UN Climate Summit in Paris will not address fertility reduction. “It’s pretty hard to reduce your carbon footprint when you keep adding more feet…” said Population Media Center in a newsletter, a population control group that lingers on the fringes of the Paris negotiations. The group says world […]

UN Diplomats Fight Back Against LGBT Ideology
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UN Diplomats Fight Back Against LGBT Ideology

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A chorus of delegates from around the world protested attempts to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” a protected category in international human rights law at the General Assembly last week. The Africa Group, composed of 54 countries, delivered a forceful statement to Joachim Rücker, the German president of the Human Rights Council, as he […]

UN Data Backs Pope on Abortion and Contraception
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UN Data Backs Pope on Abortion and Contraception

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The UN population division agrees with Pope Francis. More contraception will not stop climate change. Abortion and contraception must be widely available to prevent a climate change Armageddon according to some scientists. But these views are not gaining traction at UN headquarters, and were rejected in Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ much-publicized encyclical on “care for […]

Will UN Categorically Exclude Unborn from Right to Life?
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Will UN Categorically Exclude Unborn from Right to Life?

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A draft UN report excludes all children in the womb from any protections under international law. The Human Rights Committee, a mostly unknown but influential UN committee that records and reviews the implementation of the UN treaty on civil and political rights has published a draft opinion on the “right to life” in international law […]

UN Bureaucracy To Push “LGBT Rights” Despite Tensions
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UN Bureaucracy To Push “LGBT Rights” Despite Tensions

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon promised that homosexual and transgender rights would advance at the United Nations despite the strain it will cause within the organization and between states. “Mostly I have not been successful,” Ban Ki-moon lamented, while recounting episodes from his “personal diplomacy” to promote lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights worldwide. […]

U.S. Escalates LGBT Rights; LGBT Advocate Calls it Dangerous
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U.S. Escalates LGBT Rights; LGBT Advocate Calls it Dangerous

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The U.S. upped the stakes on international LGBT rights by raising the issue in an informal briefing on Monday at UN headquarters. But an LGBT advocate criticized it as pandering that could cost lives. “It’s a good deal for LGBT [groups] based in New York or Geneva. They get recognition, and with it funding and […]

Will the Obama Admin Re-Define the Family for the World?
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Will the Obama Admin Re-Define the Family for the World?

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The Obama administration’s placement of LGBT rights at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy has caused backlash against LGBT rights in many parts of the world. But after repeated failures to re-define the family to include homosexuality, something may be about to change at UN headquarters. Obama’s multi-year campaign to discard the Universal Declaration of […]

Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored
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Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored

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Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment made an impact on UN negotiations this week. But in the rush to emphasize its input on climate change, his forceful condemnation of abortion and population control remain overlooked. At this week’s negotiations on sustainable development in the General Assembly, María Emma Mejía Vélez, ambassador of Colombia said […]

UN Report Calls for LGBT Rights, Leaves out Same-Sex Marriage
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UN Report Calls for LGBT Rights, Leaves out Same-Sex Marriage

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A UN report seeking to break new ground for “LGBT rights” left same-sex “marriage” out of a long list of special new rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The UN human rights office published its latest collection of UN expert opinions about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights last week […]

UN Agency Accused Of Harassment and Exerting Undue Influence
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UN Agency Accused Of Harassment and Exerting Undue Influence

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In a rare case of backroom pressure spilling onto the floor of a UN meeting, a delegate from the Pacific island of Nauru angrily scolded the UN Population Fund for “harassing” their government and “maligning” their UN delegation. “Does UNFPA think they can do this because Nauru is the smallest member state?” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin […]

General Assembly Votes in Favor of Gay Marriage?
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General Assembly Votes in Favor of Gay Marriage?

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In an animated and unusually packed budget meeting this week, UN member states gave the go ahead to special benefits for any UN staff in same-sex legal arrangements. A proposal of Russia in the General Assembly fell well short reversing the Secretary General’s unilateral decision last June extending benefits of marriage to any UN staff […]

Is the World Ready for Aging?
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Is the World Ready for Aging?

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UN population experts promoting low fertility were dumbfounded when asked what lies ahead for countries that will grow old before they have a chance to become rich. At a UN panel last week an expert from Harvard University said, “There are economic and health benefits from fertility decline.” During a presentation to UN delegates at […]

Russian Orthodox Condemn Pro-Homosexual UN Children’s Fund
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Russian Orthodox Condemn Pro-Homosexual UN Children’s Fund

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As Christians around the world got ready to contemplate the innocence of the child Jesus, last week the Russian Orthodox Church took on a UNICEF paper that says children have LGBT rights. The Patriarch’s Commission on the Family of the Russian Orthodox Church released a scathing statement criticizing a UNICEF position paper that urges countries […]

LGBT Activists Meet at UN, Promise to Keep Fighting
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LGBT Activists Meet at UN, Promise to Keep Fighting

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On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree. Undersecretary General Jan Eliasson called the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT) an “unfinished human rights revolution.” He lamented the lack of international […]

UNICEF Denies Sneaking Birth Control Into Tetanus Vaccines
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UNICEF Denies Sneaking Birth Control Into Tetanus Vaccines

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In an exclusive interview with C-Fam’s Friday Fax, UNICEF denies allegations from the Catholic bishops of Kenya that a tetanus vaccine program in their country sponsored by the UNICEF and WHO is a covert population control program. The UN agencies issued a joint statement last week in which they accuse Kenyan bishops of spreading “misinformation” […]

Vatican: UN Committee “A Sword Against Freedom of Religion”
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Vatican: UN Committee “A Sword Against Freedom of Religion”

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The Vatican accused a UN committee of intolerance against Christians and interfering with the free exercise of religion in a scathing reply to a UN committee released to the press last Friday. The Vatican’s official response to explosive comments made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child earlier this year, which told […]

UN Population Fund Angles For More
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UN Population Fund Angles For More

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“This is the first time I’ve had no need of tranquillizers ahead of a board meeting,” the head of the UN Population Fund joked. The executive board of the UN Population Fund met last week to oversee the activities of the $1 billion dollar population agency and approve new country programs. The head of the […]

Rogue UN Committee Ramps Up Pressure on Abortion
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Rogue UN Committee Ramps Up Pressure on Abortion

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Abortion is nowhere near becoming a human right in international law. But you would not know that from what one UN committee tells governments. C-Fam has updated a list of abuses by the committee that monitors the UN women’s treaty. The list shows over 275 instances where committee members have told countries that abortion should […]

Secretary General Launches Campaign for Abortion in Post-War Situations
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Secretary General Launches Campaign for Abortion in Post-War Situations

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The U.N. Secretary General waded into dangerous territory last month asking U.N. personnel in post-conflict situations to lobby for changes in abortion laws. Women should have a “choice of safe and legal abortion” according to a guidance note published by the Secretary General. The note on reparations for victims of rape in conflict situations says […]

European Court: Gay Marriage is not a Human Right
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European Court: Gay Marriage is not a Human Right

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The highest human rights court in Europe shattered hopes that it would judicially impose same-sex marriage when it told a male to female transsexual and his wife that a civil union should be good enough for them. European human rights law does not require countries to “grant access to marriage to same-sex couples,” according to […]

Abortion Groups Battle to Stay Relevant in New Development Goals
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Abortion Groups Battle to Stay Relevant in New Development Goals

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Abortion groups are fighting to make headway at the United Nations despite recent failures. Delegates and U.N. officials have been crammed into a bustling conference room at U.N. headquarters all week during tense negotiations on a new development scheme. Abortion groups and their supporters have been campaigning for more than two years to have “reproductive […]

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