UN conference closes with reservations

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:768
  1. RICHARD TOMLINSON, freelance journalist
  1. Beijing

    The health section proved the most contentious when delegates to the United Nations' fourth world conference on women wound up their work in Beijing on 15 September. About 41 countries lodged reservations against the final text of the main document, the “platform for action,” and most were objections to health issues.

    Most controversial was a paragraph in the health section that, for the first time in a UN document, defined a woman's sexual rights. Although strong lobbying by Catholic and Muslim countries had removed the actual phrase “sexual rights,” the paragraph survived negotiations to read: …

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