In recent months we have talked a lot about the Geneva Consensus Declaration. Today, 7 April, marks the first anniversary of its launch.
These are some of the key elements of the Declaration:
- It is well known that the United Nations and other multilateral organizations manipulate developing countries to receive aid in exchange for measures that violate their values. They are often intimidated into making changes with which they disagree. One way to support countries that embraced the dignity of human life and the family was through the formation of a coalition that would enable those countries to form a bond and stand united against the coercive tactics used against them and to which they often succumbed.
- The document affirms that women's health should be promoted by respecting human life from conception, strengthening the family and respecting the sovereignty of each nation. Many countries have debated and decided their own policy positions, which reflect their internal values. Sovereign nations have the right to decide their own laws and policies and should NEVER be coerced.
- The Geneva Consensus Declaration far surpassed the co-signatories of previous agreements and declarations, also led by the United States. And although the United States pulled out of the Declaration as soon as Biden took office, we are confident that more countries will join the DCG. If we were able to achieve 35 in a short time, I am confident that we could achieve even more.
- The Declaration is the only unprecedented and historic instrument of its kind. It brings together sovereign nations from all regions of the world, including the South Pacific. If communications and engagement among DCG countries remains strong, it can be very effective in enabling local (national) political representatives to resist external ideological pressures.
- Following the departure of the United States, Brazil has agreed to take the lead and stand in the place of the United States in coordinating the efforts of the DCG countries.
- While the Declaration must be signed by sovereign nations, a decision made by the Executive (usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Health), the role of NGOs is very important as support and encouragement in their countries or as a measure of pressure for those who have not yet done so to join.
You can see the video summary of the Declaration here.