Zambia’s Ambassodor to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative at the AU, Mr Emmanuel Mwamba.

By Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba

The Governments of Denmark and Kenya, together with the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), have organized one of the biggest conferences to be held in Africa that will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12-14 November 2019.

The organizers intend to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the historical International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place in Cairo, Egypt in 1994.

But the United States government, The Vatican and the African Union (AU), and the Kenyan Church have expressed strong concern and reservations about the meeting.

The concerns relate to the draft texts ( Nairobi Statement) and the strategic focus of the meeting that has shifted from population and development issues to matters related to access and rights to abortion rights and; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex(LGBTQ) rights.

Another critical issue is that no substantive, inclusive and substantial consultations on the texts were carried out with policy organs of the United Nations and the African Union.

The Holy See has since pulled out of the meeting stating that;

“The Holy See notes that if more time and a truly inclusive approach had been chosen, broader support could have been ensured for the text and for the conference”.

But the deeper concern is the realization that the meeting appears to misrepresent the legitimate authority of the United Nations.

The Meeting is being held outside of the United Nations framework, thus precluding transparent inter-governmental negotiations while conveying the misleading impression of UN member states on “consensus” on the “Nairobi Statement.”

So the Nairobi Summit cannot be deemed to be a meeting requested by the United Nations or held under its auspices as was the original ICPD which it is seeks to commemorate.

The ICPD was convened under the auspices of the United Nations and was organized by a secretariat composed of the Population Division of the then UN Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis (now the Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and UNFPA.

So what is the controversy?

In the original ICPD of 1994 and the subsequent Program of Action, the primary call was for member states to implement programs for universal access to health, and to institute family planning programs.

Over time, UNFPA has expanded the goal to include Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and now Rights(SRHR), the right to access education regarding sexual and reproductive health, an end to female genital mutilation, and increased women’s empowerment in social, political, and cultural spheres.

But it is their special goals and targets created to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights including access by adolescents, to abortions, and in many cases without parental consent; and the aggressive introduction of LGBTQ matters that have raised stakeholder’s concerns.

These programs are being implemented without due regard to national, religious, cultural and traditional values and interests of Africa and other UN member states that remain conservative on such matters.

So what are Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) and Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE) and why have they caused so much controversy and indignation?

1. Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR)-Sexual and reproductive health and rights or SRHR is the concept of human rights applied to sexuality and reproduction.

UNFPA is driving an agenda to ensure that SRH&R should be part of public health and development strategies.

SRHR is described as good sexual and reproductive health, a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to t
sex and the reproductive system.

It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.

The description might appear innocent and noble but attract embedded controversial guaranteed rights such as free access sex (all types of sex), free access to abortions, and redefine gender identity as a matter of right beyond male and female identities as we know it.

These are matters that Africa has not established consensus on.

This also raises concern when such rights are extended to adolescents who in religious, traditional, community and cultural settings may not be permitted to have free sex as they deem(as sex is reserved for marriage), experiment with their sexual orientation( gay sex and couples are alien and offend known social norms) and in many jurisdictions outlawed) and are allowed to change genders as they wish(a big matter pending determination in legal, scientific, religious and cultural terms in Africa).

This violates and offends social and national values in those communities.

2. Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE)

CSE curriculum is controversial as it has many extreme aspects such as introducing children as young as seven to learn about same-sex families, and to the controversial concept of numerous gender identities.

Children are also taught about masturbation, oral and anal sex, and other types of sex.

Many religious groupings have called CSE curriculum “satanic and evil”.

CSE is also deemed as a tool targeting Africa’s children and young people as a quick way to change Africa’s highly conservative positions on LGBTQ and gender identity issues.

CSE is a highly controversial matter as it drove like a “rights-based” approach to sex education that encompasses more than just teaching children and youth about sexual intercourse and human reproduction.

On the other hand, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) the specialized agency of the United Nations based in Paris, France that has been driving the agenda, states that CSE is a curriculum-based process of teaching children and young people to learn about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality.

UNESCO states that CSE aims to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will empower them to realize their sexual health, well-being, and dignity;

It says CSE encompasses children and young people to understand issues about relationships, gender, puberty, consent, and sexual and reproductive health.

But critics state that CSE programs have been hijacked by pro-abortion and pro-LGBTQ organizations that have introduced in the children’s sex education curriculum issues promoting same-sex marriage, controversial gender identities, and LGBTQ issues.

CONCLUSION

The ICPD25 being held in Nairobi may miss a great opportunity to address and promote the broader goals of the world aiming to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030, and the goals to end poverty, secure good health and well-being of all, and realizing gender equality and achieving sustainable communities, among many other SDG goals.

The narrow focus and attention to Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights and the attendant Comprehensive Sexuality Education become the poisoned chalice spoiling the noble goal of the original ICPD and its developmental agenda on health population growth and development.

The Author is Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Guys in Africa, take your time. I am just glad we were never influenced by the Chinese one-child policy. Imagine if they were the predominant force!? Look at what is going on there. Let us tailor stuff to our peculiar circumstances and special needs. Sexual and Reproductive health matters are like the death penalty. It is never one size fits all – IMHO… Elo na vima BDQ vimene ivo must not make us rush towards ma package without reconsidering our positions as an African continent mwe.

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    • Hoo so that what LGBTQ stands for? WaThe Fuvk…so they are 5 other genders in addition to male and female?
      You people are fuvked up!! Ok question to you homos can you list down your LGBTQ in Bemba, then I can continue reading

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    • Please note that this agenda is mainly being aggressively imposed ON AFRICA and AMONG BLACK PEOPLE. They can’t go to many middle Eastern countries or even China with this nonsense. This is part of the population control agenda of black people—or depopulation of black Africa. Thousands of black babies are “legally” aborted every year in countries like America, and most of the abortion clinics are situated in black neighborhoods. Go figure. The babies who don’t get aborted are then subjected to this gender confusion, and taught that gay lifestyle is acceptable. Reproduction is between a man and a woman, and not between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Africa accepting this agenda is suicidal and is a participation in the genocide of black people. It’s shameful that a…

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    • …country like Kenya agreed to host this hellish agenda, with no consideration to the fact that it’s an affront to their African cultural values and traditions. Kenya, stay black. Stay African.

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    • Because women have failed to make decisions in the first place by using contraceptives that are widely available but want to kill innocent babies.

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  2. Zambia should not dare attend. God holds to account those that support wickedness to account as being just as guilty and due the same punishment as those that actually do the wickedness.

    Romans 1
    32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

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    • HH will be there! Maybe not because he wants to be president desperately and wouldn’t want to make another mistake.

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  3. The western worlds brought you christianity so that they can steal resources while the Africans consentrate on things they didn’t understand about christianity. Today the same western worlds are bringing you abominations that contradicts the Christianity they brought and our traditions in Africa so that they can keep your minds on such things while the loot more of Africa’s resources. If Africans only learnt how to make the best use of the resources Africa is blessed with our countries would be at a different level today. Sadly Africa is dependent on foreign aid, and to get this aid the western worlds will enforce their will on us such as abortion and LGBT to get that aid now if this is not 666 the Bible talks about then kaya mwe.

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  4. In the case of Zambia which is a Christian nation on paper this could be used as a litmus test of christian we Zambians are. I’m challenging the Government of the Republic Zambia and Ambassador Emmanuel Mwamba boycott it, let’s find out if they have the cojones.

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