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Joan Russow  BA, M Ed (Ph.D)

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PERSONAL

Widow, mother of two sons and two daughters and seven granddaughters; daughter of former Asst Auditor General of Canada  and lived in New York in 1946 when my father worked at the United Nations.

 

BACKGROUND:

EDUCATION

 

-Studied Art and architecture in Rome, Seville and Paris, and one year of law in Ottawa.

 

BA in Art History, working on the Codex Borgia, - a pre-Columbian indigenous Manuscript from Mexico.

 

Master’s Degree in Education University of British Columbia developed a method, "Principle based education"--Issue-principle analysis", of teaching human rights linked with peace, social justice and environment issues. “Principle-based education within a framework of international principles drawn from international legal instruments. 

 

Doctorate in Interdisciplinary studies, University of Victoria addressing, in dissertation, the problem of expressing and communicating complexity and on the need to move away from simplistic models imposed on thought.

 

-Studied Art and architecture in Rome, Seville and Paris, and one year of law in Ottawa.

 

BA in Art History, working on the Codex Borgia, - a pre-Columbian indigenous Manuscript from Mexico.

 

Master’s Degree in Education University of British Columbia developed a method, "Principle based education"--Issue-principle analysis", of teaching human rights linked with peace, social justice and environment issues. “Principle-based education within a framework of international principles drawn from international legal instruments. 

 

 

Doctorate in Interdisciplinary studies, University of Victoria addressing, in dissertation, the problem of expressing and communicating complexity and on the need to move away from simplistic models imposed on thought.

COMPLEXITY AND INTERDEPENDENCE OF ISSUES

 

•  to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights,  civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing,  right to safe drinking water, and to sewage treatment, right to health care, right to education  and social justice;

•  to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment;

•  to achieve a state of peace, justice and common security;

•  to create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and

•  to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose reduce the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of overconsumptive development.

 

*have lectured widely on the complexity and interdependence of the above issues, and particularly on the need for the implementation of international law nationally and locally.

 

Former lecturer in Global Issues in Sustainable Development at the University of Victoria, Canada, and researcher for 8 country study based in Harvard, and for North American Institute (NAMI)

 

1997-2001- National leader of the Green Party of Canada, ran in three elections.  1997 and 2000 (Victoria, against Hon David Anderson) and in 2000 by-election against Stockwell Day)

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES TO 1992

Attended  UN conferences, as a member of various accredited NGOs, the Whistler Foundation on a Sustainable Environment, Ecological Rights Association

 

*HABITAT I

In 1976,I attended a few sessions at Habitat I, and was very impressed with the outcome document . I have continued to refer to sections of the document in subsequent  conference submissions,such as the  1995 Charter of Obligations,which was distributed to all state delegations at the Beijing conference on women, Comments on Habitat II going beyond habitat I, also distributed to state delegations  at Habitat II in Istanbul.  I also referred to a 

statement on militarism in submissions and petitions distributed at the UN Commissions on the Status of Women,and  I referenced as precedents in Habitat in the analysis that I did of the 17 SDGs.

 

MARCH 1992 UNCED PREP COM

I attended the  UNCED prep com on behalf of the Whistler Foundation on a Sustainable Environmenut and circulated an ideagraph on an Alternative Earth charter

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WORKING ON COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW

 

GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT

* In 1994, founded, the Global Compliance Research Project

*Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research project: a project examining the interdependence of peace, environment, human rights, and socially equitable and environmentally sound development., and documenting lack of compliance.

Global Compliance research Project

The purpose of the project is

(i)                to remind governments of the years of obligations incurred , commitments made, and expectations created through the UN system.

(ii)             To inform NGOs of these obligations, commitments, and expectations, so that NGOs will not ask governments to agree to less that governments have already undertaken to do

(iii)           To use international instruments to support, policy statements, and resolutions related to common security:  peace, environment,  social justice and human rights

 

 Proposed an International Court of Compliance in 1995 --a court linked with the ICJ- where citizens could take evidence of state and corporate non- compliance with international law. Initially, for  UN Conference on Women, there were women from about 60 states supporting the project.

 

Attended the 1995 "We the Peoples Conference", in San Francisco, on the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations and drafted a resolution which was passed by the NGOs and was sent to the UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros Ghali who responded indicating his support.

 

 

* Since 1995,a member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

 

*, United Nations Association, and since 1995, for the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace,   

 

Prep Com New York for UNCED - (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED Rio ,1992); the Women’s Conference (1995) - drafted an Alternative Earth Charter and worked on the NGO Earth Charter

 

• submitted an analysis of human rights instruments for the Vienna Conference 1993

 

*Attended prep coms for the UN Conference on Women: Equality 

-For the UN Women’s conference,  received a CIDA grant to survey 50 years of

(i) obligations incurred through Conventions, treaties and covenants,

(ii) expectations created by General Assembly Resolutions    and

(iii) commitments made through Conference Action plans. From these international instruments, extracted the strongest statements that governments had agreed to in the area of peace, environment social justice, labour and human rights.  The statements were compiled in a 350 page “Charter of Obligations” and officially distributed to every state delegation at the Conference in Beijing.

 

- prepared a Charter with all the member states of the UN, with  a list of human rights agreements, peace, and environment and documented which states had signed and ratified different instruments

 

 

 

* Participated in  Habitat II (1996).  in Istanbul-chaired the NGO committee on Urbanization, and served as an editor of NGO statements on peace, human, environment and social justice.

 

- prepare a 178 page document "Habitat II: moving beyond Habitat !  and circulated it to member states

-presented a statement, to the UN Committee II meeting of all the member states of the UN, calling upon governments to significantly reduce the military budget (50%) and transfer the peace dividend into socially equitable and environmentally sound development. Presented a statement at the “partnership meeting with Industry” on the need for Mandatory International Normative standards drawn from International principles to drive industry to socially equitable and environmentally sound development.

 

* Participated in Rio +5 prep com in New York- worked on document linking commitments from UNCED with subsequent commitments from World Conference on Human Rights, ICPD, Beijing Platform of Action, Habitat II Agenda.

 

* Participated in Rio +5 conference in New York - wrote and circulate a critique of Canada's environmental rhetoric and worked in various caucuses

 

* Participated in Beijing +5 in New York 2000 worked with various caucuses

 

* Participated in Habitat +5 in New York 2001, worked with various caucuses, and chaired the urbanization caucus

 

* Participated in WSSD - did an analysis of WSSD bracketed sections in the context of previous international obligations, commitments and expectations. and prepared a dictionary of terms examining the evolution of terms like "security" and "threat" etc.

 

* Attended 2003 March Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York; initiated a demonstration in front of the UN “Women say No to War”

 

* Attended 2003 DPI conference at the UN , and made a presentation on a Panel organized by the Uniting for Peace Coalition.

 

* Attended 2005 Beijing +10 in New York, and worked with the Peace caucus on drafting

a statement which was presented to the  UN Commission on Status of Women

Attended DPI Conference in 2007 worked on a Declaration with the Peace Caucus and Anti militarism caucus calling upon the need to include the contribution of militarism to Greenhouse gas emissions

 

*Attended Commission on the Status of Women in New York, between 1996 -2015, and co-drafted the Petition on  Confronting Militarism: De-legitimization of war

 

*Attended the 2013 High level conference on Nuclear arms in New York

 

* Attended, as a reporter the 2009 COP Climate Change conference in Copenhagen and submitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel, the 2009 World trade Conference in Geneva

 

*Participated in drafting documents for the Peoples Conference on Climate Change, and attended the conference in Cochabamba, and worked on the Peoples Agreement.

 

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel the 2010 COP 16 Conference in Cancunsubmitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel the 2015 COP 20 Conference in Paris, and   submitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended Commission on the Status of Women in New York, between 1996 -2015, co-drafted various submissions to the CSW and the Petition on  Confronting Militarism: De-legitimization of war

 

Attended 1999 Hague Peace Conference, along with Peace Conference organized by WWSF when I had a chance to present the Global Compliance Research Project and attend a session at the ICJ.

 

Since 1995, I have continued to work on Compliance and in 2015, I was asked by IPS to write an op-ed on compliance   “The UN at 70: Time for Compliance”

 

In 2015, worked on placing the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of previous international obligations and commitments, including SDG 5, and attended the SDG Conference in New York in September.

 

 

 

 

OTHER: CONFERENCES

- attended Eugene Conferences on International Environmental law, and made a presentation on NAFTA, and on Climate Change

- attended British Columbia Environmental AGMs, and gave presentations on International issues for the International Affairs Caucus

- attended IUCN AGMs and made presentations on Principle based education and worked on resolutions

 

- Participated in the 1998 Biodevastation ! conference on Genetically Engineered Foods and Crops in St Louis- drafted a Biodevastation Declaration calling for the Banning of GE foods and Crops- Declaration was adopted by the plenary at Conference.

- Participated in Vandana Shiva's Biodevastation II 1999 Conference, drafted a Global resolution banning GE foods,  Biopiracy, and patenting of life forms and advocating a fair and just transition program for farmers and communities affected by the proposed ban, and a promotion of ecologically sound  farming practices..

- Drafted a proposal for a UNGA resolution calling for the Banning of GE foods and crops, and circulated it at international meetings Beijing +5,

 

Habitat +5 and WSSD, and drafted an "Alternative Biosafety" protocol

- Attended Peace Conference in 2004 in Puebla, Mexico and worked on Puebla Declaration

- Attended Peace Conference in 2014 in The Hague and drafted statement on the ICJ and reduction of the military budget

 

* Launched a petition, with Nnimmo Bassey, calling for the UN General Assembly to draft a Declaration calling for the banning of genetically engineered food and crops and circulated the petition at the UN

 

 

 

 

ANTI-GLOBALIZATION ACTIVITIES

*MAI

- April drafted a treaty proposal to counteract the MAI

- campaigned as the National leader of the Green Party against the MAI

 

*APEC BC 1997

- November 1997 Revised the MAI Treaty as a Citizen's Treaty of State and

Corporate Compliance: Nemesis of APEC                                      

- November 1997 Attended sessions at the Peoples Summit

at APEC

- complainant in the RCMP APEC hearing

 

* WTO

participated in anti-WTO rally in Seattle

- updated Treaty - anti-WTO Citizen's Treaty as Public Trust Treaty

- updated anti-WTO Treaty 2005 Anti-WTO Hong Kong treaty

 

* FTAA- profiled the FTAA in the November 2000 Federal Election, and held a press conference in front of the jail that was being emptied to accommodate the protesters

and spoke on behave of the Council of Canadians at Anti- FTAA rally in Victoria

 

* G8 meeting in Kananaskis 2002

- updated treaty

- updated treaty for the G8 summit in Edinburgh Alternative  G8 Edinburgh Declaration of Common Security

 

2003- 2014 Circulated a documents calling for Trade agreements to be declared null and void because they violate international peremptory norms

 

PAST AFFILIATION

* Member of UNESCO (Canadian division) Working Group on Science and Ethics.

Worked on a content analysis of the UNESCO 5year proposal, placing document in context of international obligations and commitments-- in preparation for the US rejoining UNESCO

 

*Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research project: a project examining the interdependence of peace, environment, human rights, and socially equitable and environmentally sound development., and documenting lack of compliance.

Global Compliance research Project

The purpose of the project is

(iv)           to remind governments of the years of obligations incurred , commitments made, and expectations created through the UN system.

(v)             To inform NGOs of these obligations, commitments, and expectations, so that NGOs will not ask governments to agree to less that governments have already undertaken to do

(vi)           To use international instruments to support, policy statements, and resolutions related to common security:  peace, environment,  social justice and human rights

 

 Proposed an International Court of Compliance in 1995 --a court linked with the ICJ- where citizens could take evidence of state and corporate non- compliance with international law. Initially, for the UN Conference on Women, there were women from about 60 states supporting the project.

 

*Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication

 

-Participated in IUCN AGM in 1994 in Argentina. Drafted with others a  Resolution condemning forest practices in Canada and US - and calling for the preservation of a network  of old growth forests as World Heritage sites (resolution passed with only one country abstaining Canada. Lobbied against increased corporate intrusion into IUCN

 

 

-Participated in IUCN AGM in Montreal- in 1996- continued to oppose corporate intrusion, and worked on an emergency  resolution on the implementation of the International Court of Justice decision that the use of the threat to use nuclear weapons was contrary to international humanitarian law (resolution did not pass)

 

* Member of the Uniting for Peace Coalition which had attempted to call for an emergency UNGA resolution to prevent the US-led invasion of Iraq.

 

*Director, Council of Canadian (Victoria Branch) . recently drafted a resolution on Common Security ( Olaf Palme's concept of redefining security in terms of peace, human rights, and social justice) - opposing current proposal for military integration with US

 

* Director, Victoria Peace Centre- groups that launched a court case against the circulating and berthing of nuclear powered and nuclear capable vessels in Canadian waters and Canadian ports

* UN Vienna representative for the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace ( recent not yet attended meetings in Vienna)

 

Former

- Co- founder of the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, former director, Capital Region Race Relations Association and Coalition Against Racism

- Founder  and chair of the International Affairs Caucus of the British Columbia Environmental Network

- Former Director of the United Nations Association

 

Present affiliations

New York Representative of the Canadian Voice of Women

Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

 

 

 

 

For about forty years, concerned about the complexity and interdependence issues and have worked for the following objectives:

 

•  to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights,  civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing,  right to safe drinking water, and to sewage treatment, right to health care, right to education  and social justice;

•  to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment;

•  to achieve a state of peace, justice and common security;

•  to create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and

•  to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose reduce the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of overconsumptive development.

 

*have lectured widely on the complexity and interdependence of the above issues, and particularly on the need for the implementation of international law nationally and locally.

 

Former lecturer in Global Issues in Sustainable Development at the University of Victoria, Canada, and researcher for 8 country study based in Harvard, and for North American Institute (NAMI)

 

1997-2001- National leader of the Green Party of Canada, ran in three elections.  1997 and 2000 (Victoria, against Hon David Anderson) and in 2000 by-election against Stockwell Day)

 

BACKGROUND: ISSUES AND EDUCATION

 

-Studied Art and architecture in Rome, Seville and Paris, and one year of law in Ottawa.

 

BA in Art History, working on the Codex Borgia, - a pre-Columbian indigenous Manuscript from Mexico.

 

Master’s Degree in Education University of British Columbia developed a method, "Principle based education"--Issue-principle analysis", of teaching human rights linked with peace, social justice and environment issues. “Principle-based education within a framework of international principles drawn from international legal instruments. 

 

Doctorate in Interdisciplinary studies, University of Victoria addressing, in dissertation, the problem of expressing and communicating complexity and on the need to move away from simplistic models imposed on thought.

 

 

For about forty years, concerned about the complexity and interdependence issues and have worked for the following objectives:

 

•  to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights,  civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing,  right to safe drinking water, and to sewage treatment, right to health care, right to education  and social justice;

•  to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment;

•  to achieve a state of peace, justice and common security;

•  to create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and

•  to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose reduce the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of overconsumptive development.

 

*have lectured widely on the complexity and interdependence of the above issues, and particularly on the need for the implementation of international law nationally and locally.

 

Former lecturer in Global Issues in Sustainable Development at the University of Victoria, Canada, and researcher for 8 country study based in Harvard, and for North American Institute (NAMI)

 

1997-2001- National leader of the Green Party of Canada, ran in three elections.  1997 and 2000 (Victoria, against Hon David Anderson) and in 2000 by-election against Stockwell Day)

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WORKING ON COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW

 

GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT

* In 1994, founded, the Global Compliance Research Project

*Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research project: a project examining the interdependence of peace, environment, human rights, and socially equitable and environmentally sound development., and documenting lack of compliance.

Global Compliance research Project

The purpose of the project is

(i)                to remind governments of the years of obligations incurred , commitments made, and expectations created through the UN system.

(ii)             To inform NGOs of these obligations, commitments, and expectations, so that NGOs will not ask governments to agree to less that governments have already undertaken to do

(iii)           To use international instruments to support, policy statements, and resolutions related to common security:  peace, environment,  social justice and human rights

 

 Proposed an International Court of Compliance in 1995 --a court linked with the ICJ- where citizens could take evidence of state and corporate non- compliance with international law. Initially, for  UN Conference on Women, there were women from about 60 states supporting the project.

 

Attended the 1995 "We the Peoples Conference", in San Francisco, on the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations and drafted a resolution which was passed by the NGOs and was sent to the UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros Ghali who responded indicating his support.

 

 

* Since 1995,a member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

 

*Attended  UN conferences, as a member of various accredited NGOs, the Whistler Foundation on a Sustainable Environment, Ecological Rights Association, United Nations Association, and since 1995, for the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace,   

 

Prep Com New York for UNCED - (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED Rio ,1992); the Women’s Conference (1995) - drafted an Alternative Earth Charter and worked on the NGO Earth Charter

 

• submitted an analysis of human rights instruments for the Vienna Conference 1993

 

*Attended prep coms for the UN Conference on Women: Equality 

-For the UN Women’s conference,  received a CIDA grant to survey 50 years of

(i) obligations incurred through Conventions, treaties and covenants,

(ii) expectations created by General Assembly Resolutions    and

(iii) commitments made through Conference Action plans. From these international instruments, extracted the strongest statements that governments had agreed to in the area of peace, environment social justice, labour and human rights.  The statements were compiled in a 350 page “Charter of Obligations” and officially distributed to every state delegation at the Conference in Beijing.

 

- prepared a Charter with all the member states of the UN, with  a list of human rights agreements, peace, and environment and documented which states had signed and ratified different instruments

 

* Participated in  Habitat II (1996).  in Istanbul

-chaired the NGO committee on Urbanization, and served as an editor of NGO statements on peace, human, environment and social justice.

- prepare a 178 page document "Habitat II: moving beyond Habitat !  and circulated it to member states

-presented a statement, to the UN Committee II meeting of all the member states of the UN, calling upon governments to significantly reduce the military budget (50%) and transfer the peace dividend into socially equitable and environmentally sound development. Presented a statement at the “partnership meeting with Industry” on the need for Mandatory International Normative standards drawn from International principles to drive industry to socially equitable and environmentally sound development.

 

* Participated in Rio +5 prep com in New York- worked on document linking commitments from UNCED with subsequent commitments from World Conference on Human Rights, ICPD, Beijing Platform of Action, Habitat II Agenda.

 

* Participated in Rio +5 conference in New York - wrote and circulate a critique of Canada's environmental rhetoric and worked in various caucuses

 

* Participated in Beijing +5 in New York 2000 worked with various caucuses

 

* Participated in Habitat +5 in New York 2001, worked with various caucuses, and chaired the urbanization caucus

 

* Participated in WSSD - did an analysis of WSSD bracketed sections in the context of previous international obligations, commitments and expectations. and prepared a dictionary of terms examining the evolution of terms like "security" and "threat" etc.

 

* Attended 2003 March Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York; initiated a demonstration in front of the UN “Women say No to War”

 

* Attended 2003 DPI conference at the UN , and made a presentation on a Panel organized by the Uniting for Peace Coalition.

 

* Attended 2005 Beijing +10 in New York, and worked with the Peace caucus on drafting

a statement which was presented to the  UN Commission on Status of Women

Attended DPI Conference in 2007 worked on a Declaration with the Peace Caucus and Anti militarism caucus calling upon the need to include the contribution of militarism to Greenhouse gas emissions

 

*Attended Commission on the Status of Women in New York, between 1996 -2015, and co-drafted the Petition on  Confronting Militarism: De-legitimization of war

 

*Attended the 2013 High level conference on Nuclear arms in New York

 

* Attended, as a reporter the 2009 COP Climate Change conference in Copenhagen and submitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel, the 2009 World trade Conference in Geneva

 

*Participated in drafting documents for the Peoples Conference on Climate Change, and attended the conference in Cochabamba, and worked on the Peoples Agreement.

 

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel the 2010 COP 16 Conference in Cancunsubmitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel the 2015 COP 20 Conference in Paris, and   submitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended Commission on the Status of Women in New York, between 1996 -2015, co-drafted various submissions to the CSW and the Petition on  Confronting Militarism: De-legitimization of war

 

Attended 1999 Hague Peace Conference, along with Peace Conference organized by WWSF when I had a chance to present the Global Compliance Research Project and attend a session at the ICJ.

 

Since 1995, I have continued to work on Compliance and in 2015, I was asked by IPS to write an op-ed on compliance   “The UN at 70: Time for Compliance”

 

In 2015, worked on placing the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of previous international obligations and commitments, including SDG 5, and attended the SDG Conference in New York in September.

 

 

 

 

OTHER: CONFERENCES

- attended Eugene Conferences on International Environmental law, and made a presentation on NAFTA, and on Climate Change

- attended British Columbia Environmental AGMs, and gave presentations on International issues for the International Affairs Caucus

- attended IUCN AGMs and made presentations on Principle based education and worked on resolutions

 

- Participated in the 1998 Biodevastation ! conference on Genetically Engineered Foods and Crops in St Louis- drafted a Biodevastation Declaration calling for the Banning of GE foods and Crops- Declaration was adopted by the plenary at Conference.

- Participated in Vandana Shiva's Biodevastation II 1999 Conference, drafted a Global resolution banning GE foods,  Biopiracy, and patenting of life forms and advocating a fair and just transition program for farmers and communities affected by the proposed ban, and a promotion of ecologically sound  farming practices..

- Drafted a proposal for a UNGA resolution calling for the Banning of GE foods and crops, and circulated it at international meetings Beijing +5,

 

Habitat +5 and WSSD, and drafted an "Alternative Biosafety" protocol

- Attended Peace Conference in 2004 in Puebla, Mexico and worked on Puebla Declaration

- Attended Peace Conference in 2014 in The Hague and drafted statement on the ICJ and reduction of the military budget

 

* Launched a petition, with Nnimmo Bassey, calling for the UN General Assembly to draft a Declaration calling for the banning of genetically engineered food and crops and circulated the petition at the UN

 

 

 

 

ANTI-GLOBALIZATION ACTIVITIES

*MAI

- April drafted a treaty proposal to counteract the MAI

- campaigned as the National leader of the Green Party against the MAI

 

*APEC BC 1997

- November 1997 Revised the MAI Treaty as a Citizen's Treaty of State and

Corporate Compliance: Nemesis of APEC                                      

- November 1997 Attended sessions at the Peoples Summit

at APEC

- complainant in the RCMP APEC hearing

 

* WTO

participated in anti-WTO rally in Seattle

- updated Treaty - anti-WTO Citizen's Treaty as Public Trust Treaty

- updated anti-WTO Treaty 2005 Anti-WTO Hong Kong treaty

 

* FTAA- profiled the FTAA in the November 2000 Federal Election, and held a press conference in front of the jail that was being emptied to accommodate the protesters

and spoke on behave of the Council of Canadians at Anti- FTAA rally in Victoria

 

* G8 meeting in Kananaskis 2002

- updated treaty

- updated treaty for the G8 summit in Edinburgh Alternative  G8 Edinburgh Declaration of Common Security

 

2003- 2014 Circulated a documents calling for Trade agreements to be declared null and void because they violate international peremptory norms

 

PAST AFFILIATION

* Member of UNESCO (Canadian division) Working Group on Science and Ethics.

Worked on a content analysis of the UNESCO 5year proposal, placing document in context of international obligations and commitments-- in preparation for the US rejoining UNESCO

 

*Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research project: a project examining the interdependence of peace, environment, human rights, and socially equitable and environmentally sound development., and documenting lack of compliance.

Global Compliance research Project

The purpose of the project is

(iv)           to remind governments of the years of obligations incurred , commitments made, and expectations created through the UN system.

(v)             To inform NGOs of these obligations, commitments, and expectations, so that NGOs will not ask governments to agree to less that governments have already undertaken to do

(vi)           To use international instruments to support, policy statements, and resolutions related to common security:  peace, environment,  social justice and human rights

 

 Proposed an International Court of Compliance in 1995 --a court linked with the ICJ- where citizens could take evidence of state and corporate non- compliance with international law. Initially, for the UN Conference on Women, there were women from about 60 states supporting the project.

 

*Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication

 

-Participated in IUCN AGM in 1994 in Argentina. Drafted with others a  Resolution condemning forest practices in Canada and US - and calling for the preservation of a network  of old growth forests as World Heritage sites (resolution passed with only one country abstaining Canada. Lobbied against increased corporate intrusion into IUCN

 

 

-Participated in IUCN AGM in Montreal- in 1996- continued to oppose corporate intrusion, and worked on an emergency  resolution on the implementation of the International Court of Justice decision that the use of the threat to use nuclear weapons was contrary to international humanitarian law (resolution did not pass)

 

* Member of the Uniting for Peace Coalition which had attempted to call for an emergency UNGA resolution to prevent the US-led invasion of Iraq.

 

*Director, Council of Canadian (Victoria Branch) . recently drafted a resolution on Common Security ( Olaf Palme's concept of redefining security in terms of peace, human rights, and social justice) - opposing current proposal for military integration with US

 

* Director, Victoria Peace Centre- groups that launched a court case against the circulating and berthing of nuclear powered and nuclear capable vessels in Canadian waters and Canadian ports

* UN Vienna representative for the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace ( recent not yet attended meetings in Vienna)

 

Former

- Co- founder of the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, former director, Capital Region Race Relations Association and Coalition Against Racism

- Founder  and chair of the International Affairs Caucus of the British Columbia Environmental Network

- Former Director of the United Nations Association

 

Present affiliations

New York Representative of the Canadian Voice of Women

Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WORKING ON COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW

 

* Since 1995,a member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

 

*Attended  UN conferences, as a member of various accredited NGOs, the Whistler Foundation on a Sustainable Environment, Ecological Rights Association, United Nations Association, and since 1995, for the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace,   

 

Prep Com New York for UNCED - (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED Rio ,1992); the Women’s Conference (1995) - drafted an Alternative Earth Charter and worked on the NGO Earth Charter

 

• submitted an analysis of human rights instruments for the Vienna Conference 1993

 

*Attended prep coms for the UN Conference on Women: Equality 

-For the UN Women’s conference,  received a CIDA grant to survey 50 years of

(i) obligations incurred through Conventions, treaties and covenants,

(ii) expectations created by General Assembly Resolutions    and

(iii) commitments made through Conference Action plans. From these international instruments, extracted the strongest statements that governments had agreed to in the area of peace, environment social justice, labour and human rights.  The statements were compiled in a 350 page “Charter of Obligations” and officially distributed to every state delegation at the Conference in Beijing.

 

- prepared a Charter with all the member states of the UN, with  a list of human rights agreements, peace, and environment and documented which states had signed and ratified different instruments

 

* Participated in  Habitat II (1996).  in Istanbul

-chaired the NGO committee on Urbanization, and served as an editor of NGO statements on peace, human, environment and social justice.

- prepare a 178 page document "Habitat II: moving beyond Habitat !  and circulated it to member states

-presented a statement, to the UN Committee II meeting of all the member states of the UN, calling upon governments to significantly reduce the military budget (50%) and transfer the peace dividend into socially equitable and environmentally sound development. Presented a statement at the “partnership meeting with Industry” on the need for Mandatory International Normative standards drawn from International principles to drive industry to socially equitable and environmentally sound development.

 

* Participated in Rio +5 prep com in New York- worked on document linking commitments from UNCED with subsequent commitments from World Conference on Human Rights, ICPD, Beijing Platform of Action, Habitat II Agenda.

 

* Participated in Rio +5 conference in New York - wrote and circulate a critique of Canada's environmental rhetoric and worked in various caucuses

 

* Participated in Beijing +5 in New York 2000 worked with various caucuses

 

* Participated in Habitat +5 in New York 2001, worked with various caucuses, and chaired the urbanization caucus

 

* Participated in WSSD - did an analysis of WSSD bracketed sections in the context of previous international obligations, commitments and expectations. and prepared a dictionary of terms examining the evolution of terms like "security" and "threat" etc.

 

* Attended 2003 March Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York; initiated a demonstration in front of the UN “Women say No to War”

 

* Attended 2003 DPI conference at the UN , and made a presentation on a Panel organized by the Uniting for Peace Coalition.

 

* Attended 2005 Beijing +10 in New York, and worked with the Peace caucus on drafting

a statement which was presented to the  UN Commission on Status of Women

Attended DPI Conference in 2007 worked on a Declaration with the Peace Caucus and Anti militarism caucus calling upon the need to include the contribution of militarism to Greenhouse gas emissions

 

*Attended Commission on the Status of Women in New York, between 1996 -2015, and co-drafted the Petition on  Confronting Militarism: De-legitimization of war

 

*Attended the 2013 High level conference on Nuclear arms in New York

 

* Attended, as a reporter the 2009 COP Climate Change conference in Copenhagen and submitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel, the 2009 World trade Conference in Geneva

 

*Participated in drafting documents for the Peoples Conference on Climate Change, and attended the conference in Cochabamba, and worked on the Peoples Agreement.

 

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel the 2010 COP 16 Conference in Cancunsubmitted document on Climate Change

 

*Attended, as a reporter for the Watershed Sentinel the 2015 COP 20 Conference in Paris, and   submitted document on Climate Change

 

 

OTHER: CONFERENCES

- attended Eugene Conferences on International Environmental law, and made a presentation on NAFTA, and on Climate Change

- attended British Columbia Environmental AGMs, and gave presentations on International issues for the International Affairs Caucus

- attended IUCN AGMs and made presentations on Principle based education and worked on resolutions

 

- Participated in the 1998 Biodevastation ! conference on Genetically Engineered Foods and Crops in St Louis- drafted a Biodevastation Declaration calling for the Banning of GE foods and Crops- Declaration was adopted by the plenary at Conference.

- Participated in Vandana Shiva's Biodevastation II 1999 Conference, drafted a Global resolution banning GE foods,  Biopiracy, and patenting of life forms and advocating a fair and just transition program for farmers and communities affected by the proposed ban, and a promotion of ecologically sound  farming practices..

- Drafted a proposal for a UNGA resolution calling for the Banning of GE foods and crops, and circulated it at international meetings Beijing +5,

 

Habitat +5 and WSSD, and drafted an "Alternative Biosafety" protocol

- Attended Peace Conference in 2004 in Puebla, Mexico and worked on Puebla Declaration

- Attended Peace Conference in 2014 in The Hague and drafted statement on the ICJ and reduction of the military budget

 

* Launched a petition, with Nnimmo Bassey, calling for the UN General Assembly to draft a Declaration calling for the banning of genetically engineered food and crops and circulated the petition at the UN

 

 

 

 

ANTI-GLOBALIZATION ACTIVITIES

*MAI

- April drafted a treaty proposal to counteract the MAI

- campaigned as the National leader of the Green Party against the MAI

 

*APEC BC 1997

- November 1997 Revised the MAI Treaty as a Citizen's Treaty of State and

Corporate Compliance: Nemesis of APEC                                      

- November 1997 Attended sessions at the Peoples Summit

at APEC

- complainant in the RCMP APEC hearing

 

* WTO

participated in anti-WTO rally in Seattle

- updated Treaty - anti-WTO Citizen's Treaty as Public Trust Treaty

- updated anti-WTO Treaty 2005 Anti-WTO Hong Kong treaty

 

* FTAA- profiled the FTAA in the November 2000 Federal Election, and held a press conference in front of the jail that was being emptied to accommodate the protesters

and spoke on behave of the Council of Canadians at Anti- FTAA rally in Victoria

 

* G8 meeting in Kananaskis 2002

- updated treaty

- updated treaty for the G8 summit in Edinburgh Alternative  G8 Edinburgh Declaration of Common Security

 

2003- 2014 Circulated a documents calling for Trade agreements to be declared null and void because they violate international peremptory norms

 

PAST AFFILIATION

* Member of UNESCO (Canadian division) Working Group on Science and Ethics.

Worked on a content analysis of the UNESCO 5year proposal, placing document in context of international obligations and commitments-- in preparation for the US rejoining UNESCO

 

*Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research project: a project examining the interdependence of peace, environment, human rights, and socially equitable and environmentally sound development., and documenting lack of compliance.

Global Compliance research Project

The purpose of the project is

(iv)           to remind governments of the years of obligations incurred , commitments made, and expectations created through the UN system.

(v)             To inform NGOs of these obligations, commitments, and expectations, so that NGOs will not ask governments to agree to less that governments have already undertaken to do

(vi)           To use international instruments to support, policy statements, and resolutions related to common security:  peace, environment,  social justice and human rights

 

 Proposed an International Court of Compliance in 1995 --a court linked with the ICJ- where citizens could take evidence of state and corporate non- compliance with international law. Initially, for the UN Conference on Women, there were women from about 60 states supporting the project.

 

*Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication

 

-Participated in IUCN AGM in 1994 in Argentina. Drafted with others a  Resolution condemning forest practices in Canada and US - and calling for the preservation of a network  of old growth forests as World Heritage sites (resolution passed with only one country abstaining Canada. Lobbied against increased corporate intrusion into IUCN

 

 

-Participated in IUCN AGM in Montreal- in 1996- continued to oppose corporate intrusion, and worked on an emergency  resolution on the implementation of the International Court of Justice decision that the use of the threat to use nuclear weapons was contrary to international humanitarian law (resolution did not pass)

 

* Member of the Uniting for Peace Coalition which had attempted to call for an emergency UNGA resolution to prevent the US-led invasion of Iraq.

 

*Director, Council of Canadian (Victoria Branch) . recently drafted a resolution on Common Security ( Olaf Palme's concept of redefining security in terms of peace, human rights, and social justice) - opposing current proposal for military integration with US

 

* Director, Victoria Peace Centre- groups that launched a court case against the circulating and berthing of nuclear powered and nuclear capable vessels in Canadian waters and Canadian ports

* UN Vienna representative for the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace ( recent not yet attended meetings in Vienna)

 

Former

- Co- founder of the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, former director, Capital Region Race Relations Association and Coalition Against Racism

- Founder  and chair of the International Affairs Caucus of the British Columbia Environmental Network

- Former Director of the United Nations Association

 

Present affiliations

New York Representative of the Canadian Voice of Women

Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

 

HABITAT II: RE-ALLOCATION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET

By Joan Russow (PhD) Global Compliance Research Project

 Presentation behalf of the Peace caucus. 

September 1996

Circulated at Habitat II in Istanbul 

 

"To address the urgency" none of the actions required nor all of them combined- is expensive in the context of...military expenditures. A few would require little or not additional financial resources in that they involve changes in lifestyles, social norms or government policies that can be largely brought about and sustained through greater citizen action and political leadership (Programme of action of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development, 1994)

 

REDUCTION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET

Cities will be habitable when there is the international political will to make fundamental global change to provide for essential needs. Both humans and ecosystems have basic identifiable needs for survival and quality of life and function.

 

Concerned that  currently (1996) the Global Community spends $860 billion on the military budget at a time when the right to housing, the right to food, the right to health care, the right to equality of all , the right to education, the right to safe drinking water, and the right to a safe environment have not been fulfilled.

 

Aware that in 1976 at Habitat 1, member states of the United Nations affirmed the following in relation to the military budget:

 

"The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).

 

Noting that the commitment was further made to transfer a substantial proportion of the military budget to social programs ( as undertaken through expectations created in general Assembly resolutions from 1981)

 

Noting also that in 1981, in general assembly resolution entitled the reduction of the military budget, the majority of the member states did the following:

 

(i)  reaffirmed the urgent need to reduce the military budget, and agreed to freeze and reduce the military budget.

 

(ii) Recognised that the military budget constituted a heavy burden for the economies of all nations, and have extremely harmful consequences on international peace and security.

 

(iii) undertook to make a collective effort aimed at strengthening peace and international security by eliminating the threat of war.

 

(iv) Reiterated the appeal to all States, in particular the most heavily armed States, pending the conclusion of agreements on the reduction of military expenditures, to exercise self-restraint in their military expenditures with a view to reallocating the funds thus saved to economic and social development, particularly for the benefit of developing countries

 

Reminded that this request for transfer of the funds from the military budget was further reinforced in a 1983 General Resolution on the Relationship between disarmament and development, that curbing the arms build-up would make it possible to release additional resources for use in economic and social development, particularly for the benefit of the developing countries. Also in this resolution state considered that the magnitude of military expenditures is now such that their various implications can no longer be ignored in the efforts pursued in the international community to secure the recovery of the world economy and the establishment of a new international economic order.

 

Also in 1992, all member states recognized that "Warfare is inherently destructive of sustainable development" ( Rio Declarations. Principle 24, UNCED, 1992), and in Chapter 33, of Agenda 21, member states of the Untied Nations made a commitment to the "the reallocation of resources presently committed to military purposes" (33.18e)

 

In 1994, in adopting the statement from the International Conference on Population and Development, the member states of the United Nations concurred that the attainment of “quantitative and qualitative goals of the present Programme of Action clearly require additional resources, some of which could become available from a reordering of priorities at the individual, national and international levels. However, none of the actions required—nor all of them combined— is expensive in the context of either current global development or military expenditures." (Article 1.19)

 

In 1995, similarly, states in adopting the statement from the Social Development Summit endorsed the calling for “the reallocation of military spending to ensure a greater pocket of resources to expand public services. Again, in 1995, member states of the United Nations reconfirmed these commitments by adopting the Platform of Action at the UN conference on Women, Equality, Development and Peace. In the Platform of Action, States have made a commitment to maintain “peace and security at the global, regional and local levels, together with the prevention of policies of aggression ... and the resolution of armed conflict” (Art. 14) and to reduce "...military expenditures" (Art. 15), states have also made a commitment to the “prevention and resolution of conflicts” (Art.15) and to “increase and hasten, ... the conversion of military resources and related industries to development and peaceful purposes" (145a).

 

 

We call upon the member states of the United Nations

• to immediately reduce the military budget to 50% of what it currently is and to transfer these funds into socially equitable and environmentally sound development

• to embark on plans for military conversion with the remaining 50%, and with the setting up of alternative structures for preventing conflict and war through an international regime that respects the rule of international law, and through establishing an international court of compliance where citizens could take evidence of state non-compliance with international law

 

 

 

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