|CHARTER OF OBLIGATIONS YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL RHETORIC THAT MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ACTION||222 readings|
|Posted by Joan Russow|
|Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:54|
CHARTER OF OBLIGATIONS YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL RHETORIC THAT MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ACTION
By Joan Russow PhD
Co-ordinator of the Global Compliance Research Project with rhe assistance of Eugenia Ampourvu
This Charter was officially distributed to all state delegations on the opening of the 1995 UN Conference on Women; Equality, Equity and Peace
GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT
The Global Compliance project has clustered these obligations through content analyses of international instruments, displayed these obligations through graphic representations, and compiled these obligations into a Charter of Obligations. With a deeper understanding and knowledge of these obligations, members of “civil society” can become more effective in contributing to the needed changes to address the urgency of the global situation. The purpose of this Charter is to remind governments of obligations that they have already Incurred and to inform civil society of these obligations so they will demand that governments comply with them, not ask for less than has already been agreed to and continually move governments beyond ex
The Global Compliance Research Project will also continue to
collaborate with other groups interested in promoting the awareness of international obligations, and will continue to set up a network of individuals and organizations interested in using the Global Compliance documents and publications from the Global Compliance project to educate individuals and groups about international obligations. This network will then continue the process of examining developments in the implementation of international obligations and in promoting compliance with these obligations
The Global Compliance Research Project is preparing a questionnaire related to the Charter of Obligations for the purpose of determining if significant areas have been missed in the analysis of the documents. In response to the results of the questionnaire and input of the initial analysis, the Global Compliance Project will re-examine the international documents. A subsequent educational booklet on a method of teaching global issues through principle-based education drawing upon the Charter of Obligations is also being prepared
in San Francisco on the 50th anniversary the following resolution was adopted at the plenary of Civil Society:
On the 50th Anniversary of the UN, we call upon states
• to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and international law can be strenthened;
• to fulfill fifty years of obligations undertaken through Conventions, Treaties, Declarations and Resolutions made in the UN system;
• to sign and ratify what they have not yet signed and ratified, and to enact the necessary legislation to ensure the discharging of these obligations;
• to fulfill additional obligations undertaken through globally adopted UN Conference action plans, and programs of action.
(GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESOLUTION, adopted at the plenary of the We the Peoples Conference, the Role of Civil Society in the History and Future of the United Nations”, San Francisco, June 24, 1995)
The awareness of the principles enunciated and statements made in this Charter, will hopefully make decision makers and citizens aware of the obligations that have been undertaken in the 50 years of the United Nations. In Beijing in September 1995 one month before the official 50th anniversary of the United Nations, states will have the opportunity to assert the political will to comply with and go beyond their obligations to a global solution.
Throughout the past 50 years the United Nations has undertaken obligations to address these issues; 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. On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, the states members of the United Nations, shall undertake to sign what has not yet been signed, to ratify what has not yet been ratified, and to enforce what has not yet been enforced. Even the fulfilling of these obligations by signing, ratifying and enforcing will not be enough. If real change is to occur, the global community has to summon up the political will to fundamental change.
READ THE CHARTER AT
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