Geneva Consensus Declaration reaffirms inherent ‘dignity and worth of the human person’
“Today, 32 countries have confirmed their commitment to protecting human rights for the most vulnerable members of society. The Geneva Consensus Declaration, signed by world leaders, makes clear that there is ‘no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation’ on the part of nations around the world to finance or facilitate abortion. The declaration affirms what we already know from international law—that while there is no human right to an abortion, there is a right to life, and it must be protected. We applaud the governments involved for taking steps to better support all pregnant women and invest resources in supporting both lives in a pregnancy—that of the mother and her unborn child.”
Elyssa Koren serves as United Nations counsel and director of UN advocacy for ADF International. Koren provides UN member state representatives with invaluable legal resources to shape UN documents to protect and affirm the innate dignity of every person. Working at the UN Headquarters in New York City, she assists with crafting resolutions, statements, and legal arguments for negotiations. She participates annually in the work of the Second and Third committees of the General Assembly, the Commission for Social Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Population and Development, and important special sessions. She obtained a J.D. and a M.A. in international relations at the University of Toronto in 2011. She also earned a B.A. in political science with a minor in history and international development studies at McGill University in 2008. She is admitted to the bar in New York.