Shown here in this 2016 photo from Siyephi Village, Bullilima District in Matebeland South Province, Zimbabwe, a 17-year-old girl is seen at the drying up dam where she and her family fetch water. Credit: UNICEF/Mukwazhi
ROME, Mar 23 2017 (IPS) - Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the United Nations children’s agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.
In December 2016, the UN General Assembly decided - by a vote of 113 in favour, 35 against and 13 abstaining - to commence negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, regardless of whether or not the nuclear-armed and allied states join such a treaty.
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)