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1998 CRITERIA OF PUBLIC TRUST FOR EVALUATING STATE PERFORMANCE TO REPLACE THE GDP PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Sunday, 18 January 2015 20:17
ByJoan Russow PhD
Global Compliance esearch Project
 
 
INDICATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC TRUST LAW
 
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
(i) the degree to which a state has acknowledged the urgency of global  environmental issues and has had the political will to address these issues 
 
(ii)   the degree to which a state  has acknowledged that all survival ultimately depends on the integrity of ecosystems including its global form, the biosphere
 
(iii) the degree to which a state has come to realize that the threats to the biosphere which sustains all life on this planet have increased in rate, magnitude and scale that inaction is negligent, and that the international community has enough information about the pending state of ecological irreversibility that it must act immediately 
(NGO Earth Charter)
 
(iv) the degree to which a  state has ensured that every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of its worth to [human], and to accord other organisms such recognition, [humans] must be guided by a moral code of action (World Charter of nature)
 
(v) the degree to which a state has acknowledged that the role of
humans is to understand and work with the rest of nature, not control,
manage, dominate or conquer it, by  adopting
a biocentric rather than an anthropocentric-human centred- view of
society
 
(vi) ) the degree to which a state  has recognized and addressed the real limits to consumption, population and pollution
 
(vii) the degree to which a state has recognized  and adopted the following principles: 
 
the "precautionary principle"- where there are threats of environmental degradation ack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent the threat (Rio Declaration, 1992)
the "reverse-onus principle" - the proponent of an intervention into an ecosystem shall be required to demonstrate the safety of the intervention rather than the opponent of the intervention having to demonstrate harm (principle endorsed by Federal Department of Environment).
the principle of "ecosystem primacy"
the  "anticipatory principle" (Agenda 21, 1992) , 
the "polluter pay" principle (Rio Declaration, 1992)
  the "compensatory principle",
the "assessment of environmental costs" principle (Agenda 21, 1992) 
the disaster prevention principle (Habitat II, 1996) 
the ecological footprint reduction principle (Habitat II, 1996) 
the "non-transference of substances or activities that are harmful to human health or the environment"   principle - states should prevent the transfer to other states of activities or substances that cause environmental damage or that are harmful to human health (Rio Declaration, 1992)
 
(viii)    the degree to which biodiversity is conserved, and not misconstrued to include "genetic engineering"  
 
(ix)   the degree to which over-consumption have been avoided and condemned, and the extent to which citizens have valued the reduction of consumption
 
(x)   the  extent to which citizens have lived within the the carrying capacity of the ecosystem and refrain from contributing to global ecological harm 
 
(xi) the extent to which a state  has reaffirmed that humans must acquire the knowledge to maintain and enhance their ability to use natural resources in a manner which ensures the preservation of the species and ecosytems for the benefit of present and future generations (World Charter of Nature)
 
(xii) the degree to which renewable resources have not been  used faster than their rate of renewal (MN)
 
(xiii) the extent to which the use of resources has not led to the extinction of other life forms, or cause cummulative IMPACTS
(xiv) the degree to which a state has been able to integrate
ecologically sound practices into policy
 
(xv) the degree to which there is exclusive public control of parks
 
(vvi) the degree to which ecological rights have been enshrined in constitution
 
(vii) the degree to which harmful substances (TOXIC, HAZARDOUS, ATOMIC) have been banned, eliminated or phased out
 
(viii) the degree to which socially equitable and environmentally sound
alternatives to energy and transportation have been encouraged, subsidized and promoted
 
(ixx)   the degree to which conservation practices have preserved  wild stocks of fish, and the degree to which fish farming has been discouraged or banned
 
(xx) the degree to which the state has rejected ISO 14,000 (through which corporations set     their own environmental policy without external standards) and adopted effective mandatory criteria for the protection of the environment
 
(xxi) the degree to which the state has ensured that corporations including transnational corporations comply with national codes and international law including international environmental law
 
INTEGRATION OF  ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH
(i) the degree to which environmentally induced health problems have been prevented and  if present have been eliminated
 
(ii) the degree to which maintaining health and preventing  health problems has been paramount in both treatment and research 
 
(iii) the degreen to which curative medicine has respected natural environmentally sound remedies
 
(iv) the degree to which hormone-treated and genetically engineered
practices have been banned
 
PROMOTION OF HEALTH
(i) the extent to which universal health care is realized, and two tier system is prohibited
 
(ii) the degree to which the state has supported preventive medicine
 
(iii) the degree to which the state has supported alternative medicine
 
(iv) the degree to which the state has encouraged the use of natural remedies
(v) the degree to which the state has funded research into alternative medicine
 
(vi) the degree to which admonitory has labeled all non-nutritive
substances
 
(vii) the degree to which reproductive health has been  provided for women
 
(viii) the extent to which generic medicines has been made available
(ix) the extent to which the state has rejected  the pharmaceutical
control of the Codex Alimentarius
 
PROMOTION OF PUBLICLY FUNDED EDUCATION
(i) the degree  to which of public funding for primary and secondary education, has been ensured and the degree to which  corporate funding of universities and colleges has been disallowed
 
(ii) the extent to which college and university education has been accessible and   available without cost, and where there are student loans, the degree to which
students have had the option to repay their loans through community service
 
(iii) the degree to which competitiveness has been  reduced within in the school system through interaction rather than evaluation
 
(iv) the degree to which the particular abilities of each student have been developed rather than all students having had to competie against an arbitrary
standard
 
(v) the  extent to which  the use of scientific technology has been " in peace and for the benefit of humanity (as agreed in 1975 General Assembly resolution)
 
 
ENDORSING OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
(i)     the degree to which there has been an equitable distribution of resources
 
(ii)   the degree to which there has been the provision for sufficient income to
meet basic needs, and to provide for socially equitable and environmentally sound employment
 
(iii)   the degree to which the right to food, shelter, education and
universal health care have been guaranteed and  assured
 
(iv) the degree to which poverty has been eliminated
 
(v) the degree to which those on welfare have not treated as second class citizens
 
(vi) the degree to which there has been  income assistance and a pension plan
 
(vii) the degree to which crime has been addressed through social programs rather than through increased incarceration (as agreed in several General Assembly resolutions) 
 
 
ENSURING OF SOCIAL EQUALITY/EQUITY
 
(i)     the degree to which cooperation has superseded competition
 
(ii)     the extent to which the political will to promote
development in such a way to alter the current unequal conditions and
structures that continue and to promote and sustain socially equitable and
environmentally-sound development employment has been  ensured
 
(iii) The degree to which the use of all natural and public resources has been contingent upon payment of the full market rent to the community for their use, including land, mineral resources, forests, fisheries, the
electromagnetic spectrum, flight paths, and patents beyond the costs of
research and a fair return thereon
 
GUARANTEEING PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
 
(i)     the degree to which there has been the absence of discrimination based on
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, form of the family,
disabilities, refugee or immigrant  migrant workers status, aboriginal
ancestry, race, tribe, culture, ethnicity, religion or socio-economic
conditions age and other status
 
(ii)     the degree to which there has been affirmative action and equal access to socially equitable and environmentally sound employment
 
(iii)   the extent to which a state has guaranteed the sovereign rights of indigenous peoples, and ensures that interim measures will be in place to prevent the destruction of lands of indigenous peoples during any treaty negotiations
(
iv) the degree to which a state has recognized that the lands of indigenous people and their communities should be protected from activities that are environmentally unsound or that the indigenous people concerned consider to be socially and culturally inappropriate (Agenda 21, 16.3. ii) 
 
(v)     the extent to which there has been  the absence of religious fanaticism
and intolerance, xenophobia, extreme nationalism etc.
 
(vi) the degree to which crime has been  addressed through effective
education and social programs rather than through increased
incarceration (as agreed in several General Assembly resolutions)
 
GUARANTEEING OF SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS
(i)     the degree to which a state has enshrined and implemented the right to socially
equitable and environmentally-sound development which includes the
right to food, potable water, universal health care, education and shelter,
 
(ii) the degree of implementation of the International Covenant of Social, Cultural and  
Economic rights
(
iii)   the degree to which there has been sufficiency of income assistance and public pension plans
 
(iv) the degree of dignity has been accorded to those on social assistance 
 
GUARANTEEING OF CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
 
(i) the degree to which citizens have had the right to assembly and protest without being arrested and charged as criminals
 
(ii) the extent to which citizens have protested environmental devastation without being arrested
 
(iii) the extent to which SLAPP (Strategic Law Suits Against Public
Participation) suits against its citizens are proscribed
 
(iv)        the extent to which the necessary legislation has been enacted to ensure the implementation of   International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights right to civil and political rights (security, freedom of speech etc.) 
 
PROMOTION OF CULTURE
(i) the extent to which publicly owned media has been supported
 
(ii) the degree to which cultural diversity  has been promoted and supported
 
ENDORSING OF PRINCIPLE-BASED ECONOMICS
(xi) the degree to which a state has based its economic system on sociallyequitable and environmentally sound criteria  such as on CPT (Criteria of Public Trust) or Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) rather than GNP or GDP
 
(i)     the degree to which a state has discarded the SINGLE notion of the
Gross Domestic Product, and has supplemented economic assessment 
public trust criteria
 
(ii)   the degree to which investors invest in socially equitable
and environmentally sound development, and citizens have refused to work in socially inequitable and environmentally unsound employment
 
(iii) the degree to which the state ensures that corporations
comply with national statutes and with international law including
international environmental law (as agreed at UN Conference on Women, 1995 and Habitat II, 1996)
 
(iv) the degree to which governments ensure that all corporations including
transnational corporations comply with national codes and international law
 
(v) the degree to which governments are prepared to seek compensation from
corporations that have violated human rights, caused environmental
degradation, and contributed to conflict and war
 
(vi) the degree to which a state has refused to press non-industrialized states  to undertake dubious loans.
 
(vii) the degree to which a state has advocated and implemented the forgiveness of existing debt arising out of imposed socially inequitable and environmentally unsound development
 
(viii) the degree to which loans have been siphoned off to External bank accounts
 
(ix) the degree to which the right to work in socially equitable and
environmentally sound employment has been accommodated
 
 
PROMOTION OF SOCIALLY EQUITABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND EMPLOYMENT
 
(i) the extent to which a state has contributed over .7% of its INCOME to assist socially equitable and environmentally sound
employment in other countries
 
(ii) the extent to which a state has promoted environmentally sound employment
in other countries rather than promoting its own environmentally unsound
technology
 
(iii) the extent to which a state has opposed structural adjustment programs
 
IMPLEMENTATION OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
(i) the extent to which organic agriculture has been mandated and practiced
 
(ii) the extent to which the use of chemical pesticides has been banned
and discontinued
(
iii) the degree to which the right to food self sufficiency has been  made
possible and supported
 
(iv) the extent to which agricultural land has been maintained and not developed
 
(v)       the extent to which a diet dominantly of legumes, leaf vegetables,fruits, and grains has been recognized an an alternative to a meat-based diet.
 
(vi) the extent to which the production and sale of genetically engineered food and irradiated food has been  prohibuted.
 
PROMOTION OF PEACE
 
(i) the degree to which support has been  given to non-aggressive, peaceful ways to resolve conflict in schools and other institutios
 
(ii) the degree to which support has been  given to non-aggressive, peaceful
ways to resolve conflict within the state
 
(iii) the degree to which support has been  given to non-aggressive, peaceful
ways to resolve conflict internationally 
 
(iv) the degree to which the development and production of arms either
for domestic use or for sale to other countries has been eliminated
 
(v) the degree to which a state respects the rule of law and enforces international and domestic law especially with respect to human rights, environment and peace
 
(vi)   the degree to which the state has reduced or eliminated the military budget and has transferred funds to socially equitable and environmentally
sound employment as agreed in the UN General Assembly Resolution 1981,
 
(vii)   the degree to which citizens have been able to be  conscientious objectors in time
of war
(viii)     the degree to which citizens has been able transfer the military  proportion
of taxes of the budget to socially equitable and environmentally sound
development and to the promotion of peace
 
(ix)     the degree to which the state has not involved indirectly or
directly in the development of conventional weapons 
 
(x)   the degree to which a state has not intervened militarily in
another state, or supported military intervention of another state
 
(xi)   the degree to which a state has not transferred to other states
substances or activities that are harmful to human health or that cause
environmental degradation
 
(xii) the degree to which a state has not been involved either directly or
indirectly in the production of weapons of mass destruction
 
(xiii) the degree to which a state has supported the discontinuance of all further
testing of weapons of mass destruction
 
(xiv) the degree to which a state prevents the circulation and berthing of
nuclear powered vessels
 
(xv) the degree to which a state endorses a treaty to eliminate the
production of weapons of mass destruction
(xvi) the degree to which a state has has not produced or planted land mines
(xvi) the extent to which a state has not been involved ever with the production of land mines, 
(xvii) the extent to which a state has promoted the banning of land mines
 
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RULE OF LAW
 
(i)     the degree to which a state has signed and ratified international
conventions, treaties and covenants
 
(ii)     the degree to which a state has enacted the necessary legislation
to implemented the international conventions, treaties and covenants it has signed and ratified.  
 
(iii)   the degree to which these laws have been  enforced
 
(iv)     the degree to which a state has acted on commitment under
globally adopted conference action plans or platforms of action, and has
fulfilled expectations  under General Assembly Resolutions
 
(v)     the degree to which laws have been  enforced
 
(vi) the degree to which the law has been applied equally to all strata of society
 
(vi) the degree to which those who have violated the law including CEOs of Corporations are prosecuted 
(vii) the extent to which a state has refrained from calling for the relaxation of standards in another state for the promotion of economic interests
 
ENDORSEMENT OF PRINCIPLE-BASED DECISION MAKING
(i)     the degree of participatory decision making opportunities for the citizenry
 
(ii)     the degree to which citizens have been  involved in the decision making process from the formulation of the terms of reference
 
(iii)   the extent to which decision making has been based on a framework of overarching principles rather than on an arena of competing vested economic interests
 
(iv)   the degree to which decision making bodies have drawn upon varying areas of expertise and experience rather than upon those with a vested economic interest
 
IMPLEMENTATION OF AN EQUITABLE ELECTORAL SYSTEM
 
(i) the degree towhich true proportional representation has been implemented
 
(ii) the degree to which citizens participate in genuine democracy including the accommodation of the rights of small political parties 
 
PROVISION OF EQUITABLE BROAD-BASED COMMUNICATION
 
(i) the degree to which the media in the state has espond to community concerns rather THAN PROMOTING VESTED ECONOMIC INTERESTS
 
(ii) the extent to which the media in the state serves the public trust
 
(iii) the extent to which the media has been accessible to ordinary citizens
 
Principle should rule industry rather than be overruled by   industry
 
GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE NEGLIGENCE MUST END!
 
"The current system operates on the principle of providing a dwindling fleet of aging ambulances at the bottom of the cliff;  the Criteria of Public Trust (CPT) seek to erect warning signs and fences at the top of the cliff."
 
 
 
see example of 2012 Canadian  public trust budget
 
https://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10004:2012-canadian-public-trust-budgetredirection-relocation-and-reassignment-of-government-funds&catid=75:cjustice-news&Itemid=218
 
Last Updated on Saturday, 24 January 2015 12:00
 

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