Catholic Activists Urge UN to Omit Abortion, Contraceptives in Climate Change Conference

The General Assembly Hall of the UN. Credit: CitizenGO Africa

Officials of CitizenGo Africa, the African branch of the International Catholic entity of social activists, have expressed their “disbelief” at the alleged inclusion of abortion, contraceptives and the sexualization of children as part of “solutions to climate change” proposed for the 2022 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66).

CSW66 is expected to take place at the UN Women Headquarters New York, from March 14 to 25 under the theme, “Climate Change, Environmental Disaster Reduction: Gender Equality at the Center of Solutions.”

We have observed with disbelief the inclusion of abortion, sexualization of children, contraception for young girls and push for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) as solutions to climate change across the globe,” CitizenGo Africa officials say in an online petition launched last week.

According to CitizenGo Africa officials, CSW66’s negotiation document, the Zero Draft of the Agreed Conclusions, references conclusions that were not formally adopted as binding commitments from the Beijing Declaration, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and other summits suggest that abortion, sexualization of children, gender ideology, and the use of contraceptives, are a solution to climate change.

They highlight paragraph 15 of the Zero Draft as one that recommends feminist groups and youth-led organizations steer the discussion towards achieving “equal rights”.


In the March 3 petition titled, “Stop United Nations from adopting abortion and sexualization as a solution to climate change,” the Catholic activists say it is “very clear that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is suggesting that abortion, gender ideology and sexualization of children are a solution to climate change.”

“We hereby demand that you erase with immediate effect paragraphs 3, 5 and 15 from the Zero Draft of the Agreed Conclusions as they do not represent the actual solutions to climate change,” say officials of the entity founded by the ultra-Catholic HazteOir organization. 

They say that while paragraphs three, five and 15 of the Zero Draft seem “very innocent and level headed to women in the grassroots”, pro-life experts based at the UN “are very worried about the language used therein as it is very harmful if it finds its way to the final draft.”

CitizenGO Africa officials further share their concern about “concerted effort” by the CSW66 to lockout pro-life groups from the planned event saying, “This is very dangerous considering that your voice and mine won’t be heard if a group like CitizenGO won’t be able to participate in events and follow negotiations.”

We hope that the high-levelled commission will not reduce climate change into a discussion of killing babies and change of sex while there could be real solutions from climate experts,” CitizenGo Africa officials say in the petition addressed to diplomats, Chargé d'affaires, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and delegates to the CSW66.

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Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.