The nation of Belarus has been named as the leader of a group of 17 countries which has blocked a plan to force the promotion of homosexuals, lesbians, and mentally ill “transgender” individuals in a “new urban strategy” drawn up by the United Nations.
A statement from the group said it wished to “reaffirm that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society.”
Quoting reports “close to the negotiations,” Thomson Reuters said that Canada, backed by the European Union, the United States, and Mexico, had pushed for clauses which involved the “recognition of LGBT people and an acknowledgment of homophobia” in a key policy paper to be finalized at a major UN conference in Ecuador next week.
The UN’s “New Urban Agenda” is supposed to be a non-binding agreement to address the challenges of rapidly growing cities globally and will be adopted at Habitat III in Quito, setting out guidelines “for sustainable urban development over the next 20 years.”
The recognition of homosexual, lesbian, and “transgender” communities in the “urban plan” was being touted as a “significant step by the United Nations with same sex relationships illegal in 76 countries around the world and punishable by death in seven,” the reports said.
“But sources said a behind-the-scenes campaign by Belarus, supported by various nations including Russia, Egypt, Qatar, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates, had resulted in the document only referring to cities being ‘friendly for families.’”
Sources said that on the second day of the talks, the words “family friendly” emerged from the Belarus delegation as a preferred option and Russia and Egypt supported the shift. Other nations which supported the move included Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Iran, and Zimbabwe.
A statement from the group said it wished to “reaffirm that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society. We are convinced that the human rights of women and men, children and older persons, and persons with disabilities could be best promoted and protected within the family environment,” it said.
Josh Bueckert, a spokesman for the Canadian government, said Canada “fought hard” to have homosexuals and other deviants officially recognized, but that he and his supporters had “not [been] able to speak to the positions of other countries on the negotiation of the declaration for the New Urban Agenda … unfortunately the LGBTQ2 community was left out,” Bueckert told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Ellen Woodsworth, chairman of the feminist “Women Transforming Cities International Society,” and a former Vancouver city councilor, drove the initial Canadian push to enshrine homosexual “rights” in the document.
When she first raised the idea, she was told to forget it because “Russia will shoot it out of the water,” only to find out later that Russia was backing the Belarus stance.
Negotiations to thrash out the wording of the New Urban Agenda have been held over many months all over the world.