Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios – During the commemoration of the third anniversary of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, held in Washington D.C., United States, the representatives of the event granted Guatemala recognition for its work in protecting the family and the defense of life, from its conception until natural death.
The 2023 Distinguished Award of International Honor was awarded to the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei.
The Guatemalan Ambassador to the United States, Alfonso Quiñonez Lemus, stated, “On behalf of our nation, we are grateful. Accepting this award on behalf of Guatemala, the 2023 International Honor Distinguished Award, underscores our sincere gratitude.”
The Protection of life and the family
During his speech, the Ambassador of Guatemala thanked the representatives of the 40 member countries of the Geneva Consensus Declaration.
Ambassador Quiñonez stated, “It is an honor to be here with my colleagues from other countries, and may I add, courageous countries because at times it takes courage to be part of the declaration of this Consensus. I stand here and state clearly that we are proud to be part of the Geneva Consensus Declaration.”
He also emphasized Guatemala’s support to be firm in defending and promoting the family and life from its conception until natural death.
The support from 40 countries attended the Commemoration ceremony, and a couple of ambassadors, during their speeches, praised Guatemala for receiving this highest award.
Forty signatory states of the Geneva Consensus Declaration met in Washington D.C., to renew their commitment to protect the rights of both women and unborn children.
The Geneva Consensus Declaration, established in 2020, reaffirms the inherent dignity and worth of the human person and that every human has the inherent right to life.
As signatories to the Declaration, governments commit to ensuring that women go through pregnancy and childbirth safely and providing couples with the best chances of having a healthy baby.
Furthermore, it emphasizes that under no circumstances should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.
Representatives of member countries reiterated the coalition’s commitment to promoting women’s health policies beyond abortion and advocating for policies that promote the well-being of women, families, and children from their conception.