CLCY at the UN

In elementary and high schools, students are taught to view the United Nations as beneficent, fostering international collaboration, advancing human rights, and aiding developing countries. The reality, unfortunately, is a lot less rosy and more complex. The UN has abandoned some of the noble precepts and entitlements laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, such as the right to life. In fact, a continual goal of many UN agencies and departments is to establish abortion as a “human right.” The UN has been at the forefront of promoting and funding not just abortion, but also contraception, sterilization, the redefinition of the family, and “comprehensive” sexual education, consisting of LGBTQ propaganda on sexual orientation and gender theory. Many of the dangerous ideas we’re battling at the local level—in school boards, city councils, even churches—can have their origins traced back to the UN.

Under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has become one of the most aggressive Members States at the UN in pushing a global abortion agenda. At a 2019 Women Deliver Conference (an event separate from the UN, but supported by it), Trudeau pledged to increase Canada’s funding of “sexual and reproductive health and rights” (SRHR) worldwide from $400 million/year to $700 million/year by 2023. Such announcements are intended to showcase our commitment to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This is why it’s imperative that pro-lifers tackle the issue domestically AND globally. Canada is not only killing Canadian babies. And this is why it’s imperative to take our fight directly to the belly of the beast.

At the behest of St. Pope John Paul II, Campaign Life Coalition has, since the prescient 1994 Cairo Conference, regularly sent delegations to the United Nations, particularly for the Commission on the Status of Women, run by UN Women in March, and the Commission on Population and Development in April. Youth always comprise a significant part of these delegations, as we want to give them the opportunity to understand the “real” UN, and we know their perspectives are given special attention. Our representatives report on non-governmental events and document negotiations; lobby ambassadors, mission staff, and delegates from member states to consider the pro-life view; and organize UN side or parallel events.

In recent years, we have held events with governments including the Holy See Mission to the UN and the Brazilian Ministry of Woman, Family and Human Rights, and collaborated with Civil Society organizations including Human Life International; Culture of Life Africa; Real Women of Canada; the UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children; Be Human; Construye, the Regional Observatory for Women in Latin America and the Caribbean; and ADF International. We have highlighted topics like ideological colonization (the West’s imposition of their ideology on developing nations), maternal health care in Africa, the stories of survivors of failed abortions, and sex-selective abortion.

Represent CLC at the United Nations:

As a non-governmental organization (NGO) accredited with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CLC is able to send both staff and volunteers to United Nations headquarters in New York to give a voice to those members of civil society wishing to preserve life and family. 

However, this year's 66th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) will be mostly virtual. To apply to help CLC monitor and report on the online CSW66 proceedings, please fill out this form by Wednesday, March 9. Please note that you must be between 16-29 years of age to be eligible for selection. 

Our recent participation at the United Nations:

Watch/read about some of our events:

Read some of our submitted written statements:

 Interventions from the floor:




Read some of our previous blog posts on the United Nations: 

Read more on our CLC blog and CLC Youth blog.