In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama called for the creation of a global treaty regulating the use of “parent functions.”
“It’s time for all countries to join the global treaty, including the United States, that sets out the rules of parent functions for the management of their children,” he said.
“And in order to ensure a level playing field, I am asking the United Kingdom to join with other nations to create a common set of rules for the use and management of the parents of their kids.”
The president, who spoke after his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, made the statement, has been criticized for the statement.
Some social justice advocates have argued that it signals that the former president is using the executive branch as a tool to undermine civil liberties, such as gay marriage.
The New York Times published a story on Tuesday detailing the Obama administration’s efforts to craft a global agreement on parental functions.
The plan, the Times reported, would require that parents would be expected to take responsibility for the care of their child, and that parents could not delegate child care to a spouse or partner.
It would also require that countries establish guidelines for the child’s “child-centered activities.”
The Obama administration also has pushed to include provisions that would prohibit child abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation.
The proposal would also prohibit child prostitution and child pornography.