By Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D. | September 1, 2017
NEW YORK, September 1 (C-Fam) The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has promoted a report that endorses sex-change procedures and abortion for youth without parental consent.
On International Youth Day 2017, the UN agency—founded to rebuild education systems after the end of the Second World War—published a list of materials for adolescents which are all quite explicit on “sexual rights.”
UNESCO’s own short guide, “The essentials characteristics of effective HIV prevention,” suggests, among other things, that HIV-positive individuals should not be obliged to disclose their status to sex partners, even though it increases the risk of infection for them and their other sex partners.
“The right to health cannot be separated from the right to privacy (including physical privacy and confidentiality regarding HIV status) and cannot be promoted at the expense of privacy,” the guide reads. UNESCO did not address the danger to others or the consequences for public health for the possible victims of a willfully undisclosed HIV status.
The same document defines gender identities as “individuals’ understanding of themselves, regardless of their biological sex or their sexual orientation.”
The UNESCO logo is prominently displayed on the guide, but the fine print includes a caveat saying “The ideas and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of [the organization].”
Four of UNESCO’s ten recommended sources are from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). It lists IPPF’s Love, Sexual rights and young people, which promotes “sexual rights” for children and defines access to contraception as a “human right,” something UN member states have never agreed to.
“Sexual and reproductive health and rights” mean “for females, males and transgenders and transsexuals to have the freedom to have, choose and control sexual relationships,” IPPF says.
UNESCO also recommended IPPF’s guidebook, “We demand More!,” promoting “comprehensive sexuality education,” a term the UN General Assembly continues to oppose because of its controversial content. The booklet promotes “sex positivity,” an attitude that “celebrates sexuality.”
UNESCO proffered another IPPF guide suggesting “key actions,” such as guaranteeing “access to hormone treatment for transgender and intersex adolescents, with the proper care and guidance from medical providers and without the need for parental consent.”
The non-profit Women Deliver’s paper “Respecting, protecting, and fulfilling our sexual and reproductive health and rights tells adolescents to advocate for their “sexual rights,” and for a “satisfying, safe, and pleasurable sexual life.”
UNESCO is the only UN Agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education, its work is guided by the Education 2030 Framework for Action, adopted in Paris in 2015 by 184 Member States.
That document mentions “comprehensive sexuality education” only once, without defining it. It does not mention “sexual and reproductive health” or “sexual rights,” a term the UN General Assembly never adopted.
UNESCO’s activities fall under UNAIDS’ “knowledge sharing initiative” called HIV and Health Education Clearinghouse, which is funded by UNAIDS and other unspecified external partners. This initiative aims at offering a “comprehensive resource library,” supporting “ministries of education, development agencies, civil society, researchers … to develop effective HIV and AIDS, school health and sexuality education policies, programmes and advocacy.”
The virtual library contains papers suggesting effectiveness of abstinence-centered programs, but these were not included in the main list UNESCO sent out to its subscribers.