On first anniversary of Geneva Consensus, WYA applauds the newest signature from Guatemala

October 22, 2021 – The World Youth Alliance applauds the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, for adding his signature to the historic Geneva Consensus Declaration (GCD). On October 12th, Guatemala was the 35th country to add its name to this document, which calls for a firm stance on the international stage regarding the promotion of greater women’s health gains, the importance of the family, the affirmation of life and the protection of national sovereignty.   

 

The Geneva Consensus Declaration was signed one year ago in Washington D.C. by countries on every continent, including the United States, although it withdrew its support of the document a few months after. 

The Geneva Consensus Declaration calls attention to five main points for global decision-making: 

  1. Priority to women’s health gains – Women around the world still suffer from curable health conditions despite advancements in medical technology. The GCD calls for UN agencies to focus on improving women’s access to health care rather than on controversial topics like abortion.
  2. Reaffirming that there is no right to abortion in international law – Furthermore the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICDP) in 1994 emphasized that abortion could never be “promoted as a method of family planning” and any determination of its legality must only be determined nationally or locally “according to the national legislative process.”
  3. Protecting national sovereignty – The UN Declaration of Human Rights is just one of the many documents that reminds states that they are the ultimate authority to decide how to create and implement laws in their unique contexts.
  4. Highlighting the connection between family and a healthy society – Children have better outcomes when they are raised by their parents. This right is also enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Protecting the family promotes flourishing in individuals and society.
  5. Remembering and safeguarding previous agreements – The GCD draws from themes and language that have already reached consensus by UN Member States. It is a reminder that UN policy is not determined by individual Member States or by UN agencies. Furthermore, many existing international agreements are currently reinterpreted or ignored, which is why the GCD seeks to restate the points of consensus. 

The Geneva Consensus Declaration represents a global constituency of over 1.6 billion people and remains open for additional signatures.