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Habitat III: time to implement habitat I call to reallocate the military budget PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 July 2016 08:19
By joan russow PhD
Global compliance Research Project
 
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On the 40th anniversary of habitat I time to implement the recommendation:
 
"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).
 
and subsequent similar recognition or commitment:
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 08:46
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NATO SUMMIT 2016: PREVENTING WAR AND ARMED CONFLICT BY MOVING FROM MILITARIZED SECURITY TO COMMON SECURITY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 July 2016 08:19

 

by Joan Russow PhD

 

Peace Earth and Justice Project

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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ACTIONS THAT COULD BE PROMOTED INTERNATIONALLY

 

1. Changing the UN system

2. Reallocating military expenses

3. Opposing militarism by member states of the United Nations

4. Abolishing nuclear weapons

5. Disbanding NATO

                        6. Redefining what constitutes global  common security

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:19
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1996 HABITAT II: RE-ALLOCATION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET; presentation for the Peace Caucus PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 June 2016 13:30

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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).

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2016 05:09
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International Day of Peace 2015: Ending Militarism and Redefining Security PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 20 September 2015 11:46

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

A. To fulfill commitments to reallocate the military budget

B To prevent war and conflict

C. To redefine what constitutes true security- common security 

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2015 14:22
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UNDER NO CONDITION OR CIRCUMSTANCE IS WAR LEGAL OR JUST PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:16

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Submission at the mock trial declaring the “Delegitimization of War”

Organized by the Canadian Voice of Women at the Canadian Peace Alliance Annual General Meeting in Toronto, Saturday, November 6, 2004

Originally pwerformed nd taped at the United Nations as part of the NGO programme at the CSW

 

THE SERIOUS IRREVERSIBLE HUMAN, ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH, PSYCHOLOGICAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF WAR SUPPORT THE CONTENTION THAT UNDER NO CONDITIONS OR CIRCUMSTANCES IS WAR LEGAL OR JUST

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DE-LEGITIMIZATION OF WAR THROUGH INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS AND NORMS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 10:23

 

DE-LEGITIMIZATION OF WAR THROUGH INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS AND NORMS

Joan Russow (PhD) Global Compliance Research Project
March 4, 2008

 
PRESENTATION NOTES for a workshop by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace during the 2008 UN Commission on the Status of Women
 
SLIDE: The fundamental purpose of the UN Charter is to prevent the scourge of war. UN Security Council Resolution 1325 strengthens this purpose.

 
The preamble of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 reaffirms the "important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to increase their role in decision- making with regard to conflict prevention and resolution ".

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The Paris Mirage - Reducing emissions while increasing them PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 August 2015 06:43

 

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BY LINGOLeave It In the Ground Initiative09/08/15

http://parisclimatejustice.org/article/paris-mirage-reducing-emissions-while-increasing-them

 

 

This is an important one pager of numbers that show the largest national extractive sectors globally, the size of their proven reserves, how many years they could keep extracting at the current level, and the expected impact of an assumed Paris Accord on their future development - based on currently submitted "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions" (INDCs).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 01:23
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Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 August 2015 05:41

 

  • by bbc ASIA http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33839055

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    A woman cries as she offers prayers at the Peace Park before the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing - 9 August 2015

    Survivors of the devastating attack spoke at the memorial service in Nagasaki
An emotional memorial service has been held in the Japanese city of Nagasaki where US forces dropped an atomic bomb exactly 70 years ago.
Last Updated on Sunday, 09 August 2015 06:00
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70 years after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 08 August 2015 09:59

Text by Terry Wolfwood, one of the co-ordinators, from the Women in black

On August 6, 1945 the USA dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima; on August 9, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.  British pilot Leonard Cheshire, on board the plane with that bomb, described the bombing as, “Obscene in its greedy clawing at the earth, swelling as if with its regurgitation of all the life that it had consumed.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 09 August 2015 14:13
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On April 1st 2010 NATO took on a new role PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 27 July 2015 14:10

 

By Joan Russow  Global Compliance Research Project  

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On April 1, 2010, Rasmussen issued a  report indicating that rather than the traditional notion of an expansive role, his concept was much more nuanced. .

 

NATO CALLS FOR THE “FORCE OF COMPLIANCE”

 

Rasmussen announced that in its desire to work more closely with the United Nations and the UN Charter, NATO  has decided to embrace the force of compliance rather than the force of arms. Rasmussen remarked that throughout the United Nations history, there have been important international conventions, treaties and covenants related to “common Security – a concept that he is borrowing from Olaf Palme. 

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 14:51
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