Why Hungary Should Break the EU Consensus on Sexual Issues at the UN


A joint event of The European Conservative, C-Fam and the Danube Institute.

On a whole host of issues, Hungary distinguishes itself from fellow EU countries and the European Union, most especially on those related to the family. Hungary believes strongly that pro-family issues are intrinsically good for its citizens and further believes in its sovereign right to decide these issues free from the meddling of international institutions. 

This stands in sharp contrast to the negotiating positions on harmful and controversial sexual issues at the UN where Hungary is indistinguishable from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and other countries on the far frontier of sexual mores.

It is puzzling to Hungary’s longtime supporters among social conservatives active at the international level that Hungary would take positions that are harmful to individuals, families, and society. This talk will examine recent UN debates in which sexual issues have been central and even deal breakers. This talk will argue that it would cost Hungary very little to break the EU consensus in UN negotiations and stand with African and other counties in the developing world that are protecting their families, their children, and their national sovereignty.

Austin Ruse is president of C-Fam, the Center for Family and Human Rights, a New York and Washington DC-based research institute in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council. C-Fam has participated in hundreds of UN negotiations since its founding in 1997. Austin Ruse is a bi-weekly columnist for Crisis Magazine and the author of four books, including his most recent, Under Siege: No Finer Time to be a Faithful Catholic.

- Austin Ruse, President of C-Fam, columnist,  author
- Prof. David Martin Jones, Director of Research, Danube Institute