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Radicals Host Anti-Family Conference in China

Thursday, 16 December 2004 12:00 AM

Like the Doha Conference, this Summit also claimed the role of observing the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family. However, unlike the Doha Conference, which was welcomed by the UN General Assembly as an official commemoration of that anniversary, this Summit was neither recognized nor sanctioned by the UN.

Moreover, the Summit opened on December 6, the very day that the UN officially ended its year-long celebration of the International Year of the Family with a consensus resolution that recognized the Doha Declaration, co-sponsored by 149 countries, as an outcome of that celebration and did not mention the Summit.

The participants of the Summit adopted the Sanya Declaration, which is subtitled the "World Declaration for a Global Family Policy." In contrast to the Doha Declaration, which called upon states to "ensure that the inherent dignity of human beings is recognized and protected through all stages of life," the Sanya Declaration states the need for a reduction in "unwanted pregnancies" through the increased availability of "reproductive health services, especially family planning."

Further, while the Doha Declaration called upon countries to "uphold, preserve and defend the institution of marriage," the Sanya Declaration says that families are "as different as alike," and "various forms of the family exist in different social, cultural, legal and political systems," and insists that "respecting their diversity and peculiarity is mandatory."

The Sanya Declaration also calls upon states to "encourage the participation of adolescents in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of...health programmes that include sexual and reproductive health," while the Doha Declaration asked nations to "reaffirm and respect the liberty of parents...to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions."

The Summit also hosted several exhibitions by Chinese companies involved in the research and manufacturing of contraceptive, abortive and sexual enhancement products, including the China Family Planning Association, a full member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Copyright 2004 - C-FAM (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute).

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