UNFRC Statements and Major UN Activities (2010-present)

The UN Family Rights Caucus has been active at the UN working to protect the family and family values at UN conferences and negotiations in both Geneva and New York since 2008.  This represents only some of our activities and campaigns and is not all-inclusive. 

2016
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32nd Session of the Human Rights Council – Geneva (June 13- July 1, 2016)

Parallel Event at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Annie Franklin, Spokesperson for the UN Family Rights Caucus and Director of UN Activities for Family Watch International spoke at a panel at the United Nations in Geneva during the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council. Addressing the topic of the sexualization of children, Mrs. Franklin introduced Family Watch International’s newly produced documentary “The War on Children: Exposing the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Agenda.” She explained the difference between standard sexual education programs and comprehensive sexuality education programs (CSE) that aim to sexualize children.

The other panelists were Mr. Ruben Navarro from Alliance Defending Freedom, Mr. Heiner Handschin from Family Federation for World Peace, and Mr. Hafid Ouardiri representing Geneva Interfaith and Intercultural Alliance.

The event was sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation, the Women’s Federation for World Peace International (WFWP), Family Federation for World Peace and Unification,(FFWPU), Geneva Interfaith and Intercultural Alliance (GIIA), Family Watch International, ADF International, Organisation Mondiale des Associations pour l’Education Prénatales (OMAEP), Fondation de l’Entre-Connaissance (FEC) and LDS Charities.

Statement Critical of the SOGI resolution

June 27, 2016

The UN Family Rights Caucus (UNFRC) with Global HAWC (Global Helping to Advance Women and Children) delivered a statement critical of resolution A/HRC/32/L.2, “Protection against violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” While being categorically opposed to any violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, the statement by the UNFRC and Global HAWC questioned the intention of the resolution that went far beyond protection from violence, and instead, mandates the appointment of an independent expert. The statement also pointed out that there are no binding international treaties or human rights instruments that establish rights based on sexual orientation or gender identity; therefore, there is no valid basis upon which to appoint an independent expert. Mr. Rody de Guzman, a FWI volunteer in Geneva delivered the statement.

UNFRC support for Resolution for the Protection of the Family

June 20, 2016

In a letter to the Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Family Rights Caucus called attention to the resolution for the Protection of the family: The role of the family in supporting the protection and promotion of human rights of persons with disabilities. The letter congratulated the main  sponsors of the resolutions Bangladesh, Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, China, El Salvador, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar, Russia, Tunisia, and Uganda and reminded Member States of their duty to protect the family as the fundamental unit of society and the crucial role the family plays in the support and protection of people with disabilities.

The letter expressed deep concerns about the attacks being launched against this resolution and rebutted false claims being made against it.


31st Session of the Human Rights Council – Geneva (Feb – Mar 2016)
Mr. Rody de Guzman, delivered an oral statement for Global HAWC and the UN Family Rights Caucus.

Mr. Rody de Guzman, delivered an oral statement for Global HAWC and the UN Family Rights Caucus.

On March 11, 2016, Mr. Rody de Guzman, delivered an oral statement for Global HAWC (Family Watch International is a DBA) and the UN Family Rights Caucus at the 31st Session of the Human Right Council in Geneva.

The statement addressed the Secretary General report on the resolution for the protection of the family.

 

 

  • To listen to the statement follow this link and choose Chapter 49 from the list to the right of your screen.
  • To read the full Statement Addressing UN OHCHR Report on HRC Resolution 29/22 click here
  • To read the joint February 2016 Statement regarding the Secretary General report on the HRC resolution for the protection of the family. click here.

 

2015

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Huge Victory for the Family: Protection of the Family Resolution Adopted by Human Rights Council

In a historic move in June, by more than a 2-to-1 margin, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva voted to adopt a landmark resolution calling for the protection of the family!

This resolution strongly reaffirms the family as the natural and fundamental group unit of society, and calls on governments to both implement family-sensitive policies and to take steps to address threats to the family.

This is by far the strongest and most comprehensive pro-family UN document ever, and pro-family UN delegations worked hard to achieve this in the face of great opposition.

The UN Family Rights Caucus played a critical supporting role in the negotiations. Click here to see excerpts and learn more

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 59th Session

20150313_131519The UN Family Rights Caucus helped organize and cosponsored an important CSW side event in New York. (See links to the presentations and statements below under “Program.”) 

NGO Cosponsors Included: Family Watch International, the Doha International Family Institute, and the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage

UN Member States Cosponsors Included: The Holy See and the “Group of Friends of the Family” a coalition of 25 governments dedicated to promoting the family. At the event we were honored to have several ambassadors and high-level government officials give statements in support of the family.

The event was moderated by UN Family Rights Caucus spokesperson Annie Franklin. Click here to see the video of the presentation of our chair, Sharon Slater.  Mrs. Slater presented research on how women and girls in the married mother/father family structure generally experience less violence and more positive outcomes than in other family arrangements and how pornography is a root cause of violence against women and girls. (Links to other presentations can be found below).

Our caucus distributed 400 bright yellow backs that were seen throughout the halls of the UN with the text, “The Family: The First Protector of Health & Rights” as well as yellow buttons calling upon the UN to “Include the Family in the SDGs.”

Our highly successful three-hour event was filled to overflowing and had standing room only. There were many questions and comments and much fruitful discussion on how to advance the protection of the family at the United Nations.

For event program information click here.

 

 

2014

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“Protection of the Family” Series
Panelists, Bruce Hafen, Sharon Slater and Cindy

Presenter, Bruce C. Hafen with moderators Sharon Slater and Carolyn Handschin.

The UN Family Rights Caucus, Family Watch International other nongovernmental organizations hosted a three-part series on the “Protection of the Family” at the UN Human Rights Council at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2014. The series consists of events tailored to the following parts:

  • Part I: “The Family as the Best Protector of Children’s Health and Rights”
  • Part II: “The Family and the SDGs: Family Based Solutions to World Problems”
  • Part III: “Preventing the Sexualization of Children”

The “Protecting the Family Series” was designed to expose the assault on the health and innocence of children around the world by raising awareness and motivating concerned governments to stop dangerous comprehensive sexuality education programs.

To view the videos and presentation materials from the Series click here.

Click here to sign the Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families

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UN Human Rights Council 26th Session
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UNFRC Spokesperson Annie Franklin

 

  • UNFRC lobbied successfully for the removal of “various forms of the family” in the Protection of the Family resolution. (Note: Although we recognize government duties to provide support where needed to single parent, intergenerational, extended, and child-led families, we helped States to see that endorsing this undefined, vague term could increase pressures on them to recognize any kind of sexual relationship or living arrangement such as pedophilic, incestuous, polyamorous, or polyandrous arrangements that are seeking recognition as families.)

 

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UN Human Rights Council 25th Session
  • UNFRC Chair Sharon Slater presented at a High Level Panel on “The Role of the Family as a Vehicle in the Fight Against Poverty.” Click here to see her presentation on “Fighting Poverty by Mainstreaming the Family in the Post-2015 UN Agenda.” This event was sponsored by the African and Islamic voting blocs, and the Holy See. Other panelists included the UN ambassador over the African Union, the UN ambassador over the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Archbishop Permanent Observer of the Holy See, and the president of the Human Rights Council.

 

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UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD)
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UNFRC Spokesperson Annie Franklin, CPD UN Statement

  • Oral/Written CPD Statement delivered by UNFRC Spokesperson Annie Franklin.  This speech given on the UN floor on behalf of the UN Family Rights Caucus warned delegations about UNFPA’s report, “ICPD Beyond 2014.” This radical document contains more than 500 highly controversial references including: 391 references to “sexual,” 25 references to “sexual orientation,” 6 references to prostitution, 4 references to “transgender,” 18 references to “comprehensive sexuality education,” 44 references to sexual and reproductive rights, and 173 references to “abortion.”
  • UNFRC members lobbied successfully for the deletion of “sexual rights,” referenced to UNFPA’s “Beyond 2014” Report, and for the inclusion of provisions reaffirming respect for parental rights, national sovereignty and religious and cultural values in the CPD outcome document.

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UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 
  • UNFRC Chair Sharon Slater gave a speech at a UN Event sponsored by the governments of Belarus, Qatar, Indonesia and the Holy See. Click here to see a video of her presentation which makes a strong case for how the family is a major contributor to development and the answer to many world problems, and thus should be protected.

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    UNFRC volunteers pass out our “Celebrate Motherhood and the Family” bags at the 2104 the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

  • UNFRC Caucus members supported the creation of “CSW Voices for Motherhood and the Family” video shown at a major UN event on the family. Click here to see this three-minute clip produced by Family Watch International.

 

 

2013

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UN Commission on Social Development (CSD)

Lobbied Member States successfully to include the following provision in the family resolution:

  • “Recognizing that the family, as the natural and fundamental group unit of society, has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.”

 

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UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Chaired UN Family Rights Caucus panel discussion on human sexuality featuring:

    • Dr. Miriam Grossman, an internationally recognized expert on the harms of sexuality education programs promoted by the UN
    • Floyd Godfrey, a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked with over 900 men and boys with unwanted same-sex attraction
    • Caleb, a young man who shared his journey in overcoming same-sex attraction

 

Organized screening of the new highly acclaimed documentary “It’s a Girl.”  Click here to see the trailer. The screening was so popular that an overflow room with an additional screen had to be opened up.

    • Lobbied States successfully for CSW outcome document to include the  recognition of the need for “direction and guidance from parents and legal guardians” in issues related to sexual education, and to limit the context in which the reference to “reproductive rights” appears in the document, thus reducing the ability of activists to interpret this term to promote abortion.

 

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UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD)

This flyer was sent by the UNFRC to UN Member States and was subsequently read by a delegation on the UN floor to change the debate in the negotiations on sexual rights.

The UNFRC lobbied successfully for the following in the CPD outcome document:

    • Removal of references to sexual rights and two paragraphs calling for controversial comprehensive sexuality education for children.
    • Inclusion of the following critical paragraph in the CPD outcome document calling for respect for national sovereignty and religious and cultural values:
“Further reaffirms the sovereign right of each country to implement recommendations of  the Programme of Action or other proposals in the present resolution, consistent with national laws and development priorities, with full respect for the various religious and ethical values and cultural backgrounds of its people, and in conformity with universally recognized international human rights.” (Emphasis added.) 
 

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UN Human Rights Council

Sent letter to UN Member States regarding HRC (Human Rights Council) resolution on “Preventable mortality and morbidity of children under five as a human rights concern.” Warned States that this resolution was being used to deceptively advance highly inappropriate and dangerous sexual rights for children under age five. Encouraged States successfully to remove references endorsing the highly controversial Comments 14 and 15 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child which wrongly assert that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child grants children the right to:

    • “confidential counselling and advice without parental or legal guardian consent.” (Article 31)
    • “sexual and reproductive freedom” (Article 24)
    • “safe abortion” (Article 54)
    • sexual education, reproductive health services and medical treatment “without the permission of a parent, caregiver or guardian” (Article 31)
    • rights related to “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (Article 9)

 

 2012

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UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

UNFRC sponsored CSW events:

  • “Sexuality Education Exposed” by Miriam Grossman M.D. Click here to see Dr.
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    Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D. speaking at UNFRC sponsored event at the CSW in 2012.

    Grossman’s alarming video presentation on the harm to children from UN-supported sexuality education programs.

Jacob Stewart Statement (USA)

Pilar Vasquez (Mexico)

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Youth show their support of the “Stop the Sexualization of Children” petition.

 

The UN Family Rights Caucus organized and sponsored the following 2012 CSW presentations:

  • “The Harms of Sexuality Education” by Lynn Allred, FWI’s Director of Communications
  •  Marital Status and Poverty” by Pilar Vasquez. Ms. Vasquez presented on
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    Pilar Vazquez addressing “Marital Satutus & Poverty” at CSW 2012.

    programs on the ground in Mexico that help women in poverty and in crisis, many of whom are pregnant and need support services. Her presentation provided sound evidence from their work in Mexico with thousands of women showing that those who did not reside in a married mother/father family structure experienced significantly more problems than their married counterparts.

 

  •  “The Family: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger” 
    Martha Cruz-Zuniga speaks on the impact of family structure on economic development.

    Martha Cruz-Zuniga speaks on the impact of family structure on economic development.

    Dr. Martha Cruz-Zuniga, professor of Economics at Catholic University in Washington DC. Dr. Zuniga presented evidence on how family structure impacts economic development and demonstrated the economic contribution stable, educated families can have in reducing poverty. She examined the family as a producer of human capital and presented data showing how sustainable growth requires wealth, savings and investment and how the family is relevant to this process. Click here to see her PowerPoint presentation.

  • “Marriage the Gold Standard for Children,” originally prepared by Dr. Brad Wilcox of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia on the impact of the family on poverty delivered with permission by UNFRC Spokesperson Annie Franklin. This presentation brought to light the large and growing body of social science-based evidence indicating that children are most likely to thrive when they are raised by their own married mother and father. Click here to see power point presentation.  

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UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) 
  • Delivered UN Statement
  • Lobbied successfully for the deletion of sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual rights and for the inclusion of a paragraph calling for national sovereignty and respect for religious and cultural values.
     

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UN Human Rights Council 

The UN Family Rights Caucus supported and three of UNFRC member organizations co-sponsored the first major Human Rights Council event in support of the family entitled “Standing for the Family.” This historic event, organized by the African and Islamic UN voting blocs, reminded States of their obligations to safeguard the institution of the family as called for in of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims:

  • “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”
  • The right of men and women of marriageable age to marry and to found a family shall be recognized.
  • “Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance.”
  • Parents have “a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”

Presenters included:

  • Renowned international family policy scholar, Richard Wilkins, presented on the “mounting evidence showing that the survival of society depends upon the positive outcomes derived from the natural union of a man and a woman.” He called on States to work together to restore the family to its proper strength and function.
  • Family Rights Caucus Chair/President of Family Watch International, Sharon Slater, warned that families are increasingly being treated by governments as collections of individuals competing with each other for rights, and in the process, “we have pitted women against men and children against parents, thereby contributing to the breakdown of the family. . . This in turn has created more problems that must be dealt with in UN deliberations.
  • Theresa Okafor, Director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage and Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, Founder of the Caribbean Centre for Family and Human Rights, described how the breakdown of the family system in their respective countries and regions is driving the increased rates of drug abuse, delinquency, sexual promiscuity, out-of-wedlock births and many other problems that are weakening their societies and their economies.
  • Wael Attitya, Commissioner of the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, enumerated where various aspects of the family are protected in human rights instruments and agreed with the other panelists that these areas are largely being ignored by the UN to the detriment of societies around the world. When asked what could be done to correct this gap between policy and action, Mr. Attiya suggested that a new movement within the United Nations beginning with a resolution focusing on the critical role of the family and outlining Member States’ obligations with respect to the family would be a good first step.

2011

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UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

UNFRC Sponsored 2011 CSW Meetings and Presentations:

  • “Cultural Imperialism: How Sexual ‘Rights’ are Destroying Our Religious and Cultural Values” Presented by Theresa Okafor, Director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage 
  • “Exploiting the AIDS Pandemic: Donor Pressure/Failed UN Policies/Family Disintegration” presented by Sharon Slater, President of Family Watch International/Chair of the UN Family Rights Caucus
  • Panel: “Saving Lives: Empowering Girls Through Education on Maternal Mortality and Abortion” moderated by UNFRC spokesperson Annie Franklin
  • “The Myths Surrounding Maternal Mortality and Abortion” by Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Ms. Harrison presented on the misinformation regarding maternal mortality that is used to promote abortion, including the tactic of equating legal abortion as “safe” abortion and how statistics regarding maternal mortality are manipulated to promote abortion.
  • “Parents Fighting Harmful Sexuality Education.” Suzanne Fernandes from the United Kingdom shared her experience as a parent at a Family Rights Caucus meeting on her success in organizing parents in the UK to fight the kind of inappropriate sexuality education that had traumatized and sexualized some of her 13-year-old son’s peers.
  • “Maternal Mortality and Abortion: An African Perspective” presented by Theresa Okafor, Director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage 

 

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UN High Level Meeting on Youth 

Organized Youth for Life and Family Caucus to submit official Statement to the UN High Level Meeting on Youth.  Click here to see this statement submitted by pro-life, pro-family youth organizations.
 

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UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) 
  • UNFRC sponsored the speeches of AIDS orphans from Mozambique who delivered plenary session statements on the UN floor calling on States to account for promoting sexual rights, especially to children in Africa in the midst of an AIDS epidemic and spoke out against the harms of comprehensive sexuality education. Click here to see their statement to the UN.
  • UNFRC lobbied successfully for the inclusion in the outcome document of positive references to abstinence and fidelity, references discouraging prenatal sex selection and the use of girls in prostitution and pornography, and  a strong reference recognizing “the rights, duties and responsibilities of parents and other persons legally responsible for adolescents to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the adolescent, appropriate direction and guidance in sexual and reproductive matters.” 

 

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UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
  • Lobbied successfully for the inclusion of two references to the family, including one paragraph emphasizing “the importance of cultural, ethical and religious values” and “the vital role of the family and the community” in dealing with the AIDS pandemic, and two references “encouraging responsible sexual behavior, including abstinence, fidelity.”
  • Lobbied successfully for the deletion of references promoting “sexual rights,” “reproductive rights” (terms used to promote abortion), “same-sex marriage,” “men who have sex with men,” and multiple references to “comprehensive sexuality education.” Although one reference to “men having sex with men” and “sex workers” remained in the final document, the context was not in the promotion of these activities.
  • Lobbied successfully for the inclusion of this important paragraph:

“Reaffirm the sovereign rights of Member States, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter, and the need for all countries to implement the commitments and pledges in this declaration consistent with national laws, national development priorities and international human rights”

 

2010

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UN Commission on Social Development (CSocD)

UN Family Rights Caucus members lobbied successfully for the inclusion in the outcome document of the following para:

 “Recognizing that the promotion of social and economic development remains the sovereign right and responsibility of each Member State, consistent with national laws and development priorities, with full respect for the various religious and ethnic values and cultural backgrounds of its people, and in conformity with all human rights and fundamental freedoms. 

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UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
  • The Family Rights Caucus held an official organizational meeting bringing together pro-family delegations and NGOs at CSW to strategize together on how to impact the CSW outcome document to protect the family.
  • UN Family Rights Caucus members provided logistical support advertising and handing out flyers for a major UN panel/event sponsored by the countries of Nigeria, Iran, Qatar, Syria, and Saint Lucia on “The Critical Role of Mothers in Society” held on International Women’s Day.

At this event UN Family Rights Caucus Chair and President of Family Watch International Sharon Slater gave a speech on motherhood outlining how in some cases the feminist movement has gone too far and is now undermining the critical role of mothers in society.  Click here to view her seven-minute speech.

Other presentations were delivered by:

    • The ambassador of Syria – opening remarks and introduction of the speakers.
    • Presentation by Christine Vollmer, President of the Latin American Alliance for the Family.
    • Presentation by Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, the UN permanent representative of Saint Lucia.
    • Presentation by Theresa Okafor, Director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage, and the Chair of the African Regional World Congress of Families held in Abuja, Nigeria.
    • Statement by Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.