Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security
Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project
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)
U.S. President Donald Trump looks up as he boards Marine One to depart the White House in Washington, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
By Stephanie Nebehay
| GENEVAA U.N. human rights expert voiced alarm on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump might allow torture in interrogations, warning that it "lays down the gauntlet" for other countries to follow suit. Trump said in late January he felt "absolutely" that the practice of waterboarding - a form of simulated drowning - worked as an intelligence-gathering tool. He also said he would defer on the issue to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who disagrees with him about its usefulness.
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.
This article slightly updates a previous one that IPS had published regarding the recurrent confusion about who are Arabs and who, Muslims.
Arab countries in the Middle East and North of Africa. Dark Green: Arab majority population. Light Green: Arab minority countries | Credit: Public Domain.
ROME, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Now that President Donald Trump’s decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the over-written, under-reported issue of who are Arabs and who Muslims.
To start with, it is a common belief – too often heralded by the mainstream media – that the Middle East is formed entirely of Arab countries, and that it is about the so-wrongly called Muslim, Arab World.
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.
THE GLOBAL COMPLIANCE PROJECT
A. GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT: BACKGROUND
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.
At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers. He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered.
Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity
Outgoing African Union Chair described the Muslim ban as a test for unity and solidarity. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
NEW YORK / UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 2017 (IPS) - Outgoing African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has described the United States ban on refugees and immigrants from seven countries as “one of the greatest challenges and tests to our unity and solidarity.”
Speaking to African leaders on Monday Zuma asked why “the very country to whom our people were taken as slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, have now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries.”
On Friday 27 January United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily ceasing entry to the United States for nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order also suspended the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely blocked all refugees from Syria from entering the United States.
It is time to call for the arrest of Donald Trump and the members of his team for instigating events causing the death of six people in a mosque in Quebec.
It is time to arrest any member of the Trump team and charge them with promoting racism against Muslims resulting in the death of six people. Should any of them be stupid enough to show their faces in Canada we should arrest them the instant they set foot on Canadian soil.
Lets build a wall. Just think of all the free advertising space. We can advertise drugs on the wall on one side and autos on the other side. Wonder which side to put the drug ads on?
Maybe a booking.com ad beside a Trump Towers ad beside a drug ad. How about making the wall wide enough to support a high speed train or super highway. It could have on and off ramps in and out of the US and Mexico.
Before we build the wall we should install lots of culverts under ground so we can drain that swamp that Trump is sitting on. I hear that Trump has his people in negotiations with Egypt to buy the pyrimid stones to help build the wall.