Over two dozen nations from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe rejected a resolution promoting “sexuality education” proposed by the Biden Administration, the European Union, and other Western nations at a United Nations annual population conference last month.
At the UN Commission on Population and Development event in New York, the Biden Administration, the EU, and other Western nations looked set to force the adoption of a resolution that included the controversial term “comprehensive sexuality education,” but faced unexpected opposition from numerous traditional countries, reports the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam).
The US and EU had reportedly both sent emails to Commission Chair Gheorghe Leucă, of Moldova, saying that they would not accept a resolution that did not include reference to sexuality education.
But then during the conference, more than a dozen nations expressed opposition to the inclusion of sexuality education and eventually, the chair had to withdraw the proposed resolution.
C-Fam reported a delegate from Pakistan accusing Western countries of sacrificing education policy for the purpose of pushing their sexual agenda.
“For the sake of comprehensive sexuality education we have compromised education for all,” she said, complaining that little to no attention had been paid to access to education, sanitation, books, and other aspects of education infrastructure needed for the 263 million children out of school.
“One country’s priorities cannot be the priorities for all,” she said.
Iran’s delegate said terms such as sexual and reproductive education are not acceptable to her country, while Nigeria’s delegate was concerned about the deletion of a section regarding parental responsibility and parents’ right to guide the religious and moral education of their children.
According to UN press coverage, an observer for the Holy See described the failure to achieve a resolution as the result of persistent disregard of concerns raised by a number of delegations on controversial issues.
“Sexuality education is one of the most divisive topics in this United Nations forum,” the Holy See observer said, adding that there is no right to sexuality education in international law and States have no obligation to adopt any particular program of such education.
However, numerous nations supported the resolution and were disappointed that a consensus could not be reached.
Sweden, Norway, Papua New Guinea, and Ghana were amongst those who spoke out in support of the inclusion of sexuality education, with several nations arguing that it is essential in order to prevent teen pregnancy and school drop-out.
Sex ed in the US has become the focus of much criticism in recent years as the purpose has shifted from advice on preventing pregnancy and STDs to teachers providing information about gender identities, sex changes, and graphic descriptions of sexual acts.
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