Nairobi, 18 October, 2019 / 2:40 am (ACI Africa).
An organization of Christian professionals in Kenya, backed by Catholic Bishops, is expressing discontent with the planned United Nations’ (UN) conference guided by themes around sexual and reproductive health care and slated to take place next month, and plans are underway for a parallel convention to counter the UN-driven agenda, an active member of the Kenya Christian Professionals’ Forum (KCPF) told ACI Africa Thursday.
“We want to deliver a clear message to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that the African population is not a liability, it is an asset,” Richard Kakeeto who is mobilizing participants for the parallel event dubbed the Faith-Based Side Events told ACI Africa in reaction to some of the agenda of the planned UN-sponsored International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25).
Organized under the slogan The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the promise to mark “the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted a landmark Programme of Action which set out to empower women and girls for their sake,” the UNFPA conference is expected to be guided by five themes, top on the list being “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
“Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care even in humanitarian and fragile contexts” is also highlighted as one of the five themes to guide the three-day ICPD25 conference, which UNFPA is realizing in partnership with the governments of Kenya and Denmark.
Analyzing the themes that will be guiding the ICPD25 conference, members of the Kenya-based forum of Christian Professionals (KCPF) are concerned that the UN-sponsored conference will be discussing issues about legalizing abortion, prostitution, homosexuality, same sex unions, and the introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE) at basic schools, subjects that KCPF members are opposed to.