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Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:28

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security

Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project

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CSW 61 is taking  place between March 15 and March 24 2017 The Theme of CSW 61 is “ Empowering Indigenous Women”


CSW 61 must empower indigenous women to address the concern that was expressed on an Indigenous women's panel at COP22: Indigenous peoples are the most to suffer from but the least responsible, for militarism, climate change, loss of subsistence and exploitation of resources (Statement from panel at Conference of the Parties to the UN framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22 in marrakech morocco)­­­­


Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the UN have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Currently the Global Community is now spending 1.7 trillion per year on the military budget at a time when many basic needs and fundamental rights of indigenous peoples  have not been met. Not only has militarism a waste and misuse of resources, but also militarism is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.


We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military. (Dr. Ursula Franklin, internationally renowned scientist and pacifist  (1984 at the lead up conference to Nairobi,1965)

 “True security exists when all are secure, through “common security” (Olaf Palme,1982)  whose objectives could be extended  to include but not limited to the following:


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


(ii) to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including  labour rights, civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, to housing, to safe drinking water and sanitation , right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system;


(iii) 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


(iv) to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, energy and transportation,


WE URGE  CSW 61 to do the following;

a) to reaffirm the  1976 commitment at 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" and to phase out the global military budget starting at 50%


b) to support the negotiation of a treaty for the abolition of nuclear weapons;


c) to adopt and implement the provisions in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, especially article 19, which guarantees ``free prior and informed consent and recognizes that consent means consent and not just consultation”;


d) to end the exploitation and destruction of indigenous lands, water, air and resources and implement Article 2 of the legally binding International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: “No people should be deprived of its subsistence;


(e) to abide by the UNESCO Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of Mankind [Humanity], 1975). And to implement the long standing commitment for  equal pay for work of equal value

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