President Before the OAS: “For my Government, the Right to Health and Life Is a Priority”

Likewise, the president reaffirmed his commitment to protect girls’ and women’s lives in the country.

by Gerardo Rafael

Guatemala City, by AGN. As part of his speech before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States OAS, President Alejandro Giammattei pointed out the priority given by his government to the right to health and education.

“I wish to reiterate that for my government the right to health and life is a priority. Our Political Constitution indicates that  every person has the right for their life to be respected, from conception until natural death.” He said.

In this sense, he recalled that Guatemala adhered to the Geneva Consensus Declaration, on the promotion of women’s health and the strengthening of the family.

Pro-life Capital

In his message to the OAS, in which he was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mario Búcaro and the Secretary General of this organization, Luis Almagro, the Guatemalan president highlighted that in March of this year, Guatemala was named Ibero-American Pro-life Capital.

“We have been proudly declared the Ibero-American Pro-life Capital” he said, indicating that such an event was held on March 9th in the Plaza de la Constitución and in the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

In this sense, he called on the Permanent Council to be respectful of the internal legal frameworks of each state, in order to avoid the disqualification of national efforts to protect and promote the human rights of their inhabitants. In addition, the president reaffirmed his commitment to protect girls’ and women’s lives in the country.

“It is also essential for my government to improve the living conditions of women and girls and to combat discrimination and violence against them,” he mentioned.

Some actions

As part of the efforts implemented by the government of Guatemala, the president highlighted the Program of the Great National Crusade for Nutrition, which seeks to join all sectors of the country in order to improve the nutrition of Guatemalan families.

“My government has directed its steps to place it as a priority on the national agenda. We have multiple initiatives, strategies and policies that seek to improve the health and nutrition of the Guatemalan population,” he stated.

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