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Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:42

DISBANDING NATO AND PROMOTING COMMON SECURITY

Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project

Montreal . Resolution presented  at the World Social Forum

August 11. 2016

 

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“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).

 

TRUE SECURITY IS NOT MILITARIZED SECURITY, BUT COMMON SECURITY

“We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military”. (Dr Ursula Franklin, 1984)  

AWAREthat NATO states have been complicit or responsible for using the following pretexts for aggressive interventions in other sovereign states

“human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, 1999), “self-defence” (Afghanistan 2001), "Pre-emptive/ preventive" attack (Iraq, 2003) "Responsibility to Protect (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013). Each time the pretext was discredited, a new pretext emerged.

RECOGNIZINGthat true security does not arise:through NATO expansion, through being a nuclear weapons alliance, and opposing the abolition of nuclear weapons, through coercing other states to increase their military budget, and purchase weapons like F 35 and armed drones, through destabilizing othernations, through setting up military bases around the world, through war games  and military exercises, through circulating nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessel. Etc.

AFFIRMING that true security exists when all are secure, through “common security” (Olaf Palme,1982)  whose objectives could be the following:

     

(i)    to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through  reallocation of military expenses and delegitimization of war

(ii)    to create a global structure that respects the rule of law, the international court of justice, and the international criminal court,

          

(iii)to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including  labour rights, women’s rights LGBTQ rights civil and political rights, migrant iand indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, right to housing, right to safe drinking water and sewage treatment , right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system;

 

(iv)          to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, energy and transportation, and just transition and ensure the right to development and social justice

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(v)to ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, to reduce the ecological footprint and to move away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption.

 

We call for the disbanding of NATO, the moving away from militarized security to common security and the implementing in 2016 at Habitat III of the1976 global appeal from Habitat I:

 

“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).

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