Statements

Thursday 9 December 2010
Statement of the Holy See in Explanation of Position on the General Assembly Resolution “Global Health and Foreign Policy” (A/RES/65/L.27), 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 9 December 2010
Statement of the Holy See in Explanation of Positionon the General Assembly Resolution  “Global Health and Foreign Policy” A/RES/65/L.2765th session of the UN General AssemblyNew York, 9 December 2010  Mr. President,My delegation takes this opportunity to acknowledge the leadership of the delegation of Brazil in carrying out the negotiations which were held in the drafting of the resolution just adopted. While some of our proposals were not taken into account, others of ours were and have been incorporated into the text.Health is an invaluable good for the person and society to promote, conserve and protect. The preservation of health necessitates dedicating the means, resources and energies necessary so that more persons can enjoy life with lower incidence of disease and infirmity. Unfortunately, the problem remains today that many populations of the world do not have access to the necessary resources to satisfy many fundamental needs, particularly in regard to health. For this reason, it is necessary to work with greater commitment at all levels of domestic and international society so that the right to health care is more than just acknowledged. This can be done by favoring those strategies that provide access to primary health care for all.The world of health care cannot be removed from the demands of justice and the moral rules that must govern its administration, so that health care will not become inhuman, that is, contrary to the human dignity with which every member of the human family is endowed. In this regard, since the field of health remains an integral part of each member of the human family’s existence and of the common good, it is important to establish a true distributive justice that guarantees to all, on the basis of objective needs, basic health care. For this reason, love of justice, the protection of life from conception to its natural end, and respect for the dignity of every human being, must always be upheld--these are fundamental ethical values which are the common patrimony of universal morality and the basis of democratic coexistence.On this occasion, while noting various positive elements contained in the text, such as those concerning economic cooperation for development and the paramount importance of Goal 8 of the MDGs, my delegation takes this opportunity to reaffirm once again all the reservations it expressed at the conclusion of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Fourth World Conference on Women, specially that the Holy See does not consider abortion or abortion services to be a dimension of reproductive health and does not endorse any form of legislation which gives legal recognition to abortion.Thank you, Mr. President.