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Global compliance Research Project; Charter of Obligations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Saturday, 11 February 2017 19:25

 By Joan Russow PhD and Eugenia Amporvu (French translation).




This charter was officially distributed, French and English, to all state delegations at the UN Conference on Women; equality, equity and peace.










            Throughout the past 50 years the member states of United Nations have undertaken obligations to address the denial of equity and social justice, the degradation of the environment, the violation of human rights, and the escalation of war and conflict; yet states within the United Nations have failed either to sign these international instruments, to ratify these instruments, or even when signed and ratified to enact the necessary legislation to enforce these instruments. In addition, they have failed to act on globally adopted Platform of Actions and Action Plans, and to respect United Nations General Assembly resolutions.

             If these fifty years of obligations had been honored and acted upon, socially equitable and environmentally sound development could have been enabled, preservation and protection of the environment could have been ensured, respect for human rights could have been guaranteed, and threats to peace could have been prevented and removed, disarmament achieved.

            The fulfillment of the purpose of the United Nations would require the discharging of the 50 years of obligations related to ensuring socially equitable and environmentally sound development;  to preserving and protecting the environment; to guaranteeing respect for human rights, and to promoting peace. The 50th anniversary of the United Nations provides a unique opportunity to reaffirm the support for and commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and to undertake to discharge previous obligations undertaken through Charters, Covenants, Conventions, Declarations, Resolutions, and Treaties.

            The premise of the Global Compliance Research project is that there needs to be an informed “civil society” that is founded on principles which enable socially equitable and environmentally sound development, which ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, which guarantee respect for human rights, and which remove and prevent the threats to peace. This informed civil society must be aware of which obligations have already been undertaken by states so that they can work towards the establishing of conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and international law can be maintained; towards requiring the fulfillment of fifty years of obligations undertaken through Conventions, Treaties, Declarations and Resolutions made in the UN system; towards demanding  the signing and ratifying of what states have not yet signed and ratified, and the enacting of the necessary legislation to ensure the discharging of these obligations; and towards calling for the fulfilling of additional obligations undertaken through globally adopted UN Conference Action Plans, and Programs of Action.



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