by Ingeborg Breines
The notion and the vision of a culture of peace was developed by UNESCO, the UN Organization for Education, Culture and Science, in cooperation with a huge number of individuals, organisations and institutions over the ten years leading up to the year 2000, the International Year for a Culture of Peace. Continue reading “The culture of peace – a necessary utopia?”
By Samuel Flückiger, 2008
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by Colin Archer, Jean-Marie Collin, Nina Decoularé-Delafontaine, Rob van Riet, Alyn Ware, 2016
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New York, 27 March 2017
In this paper, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) discusses selected proposed elements of a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination, to be negotiated this year. The elements discussed are ones of special concern to IALANA; we have made no effort to provide a comprehensive catalogue, and there are many important elements not discussed here. IALANA draws in particular on our experience, with colleagues from other organizations, in the drafting of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention.
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Geneva. 19 June 2015.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is widely considered to be a cornerstone of international security. As is well known, in May 2015, its 191 states party failed to agree on an outcome at their five-yearly Review Conference in New York; in addition, the Iranian nuclear talks are at a critical juncture. In order to face these challenges, and others arising worldwide (such as ISIS-ISIL, Ukraine, Syria, cyber attacks,…) the international community has to find new ways to resolve dangerous conflicts.
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By Bruce Abramson and Clara Didio, 2007
One important reason for the persistent gap between the CRC and its implementation is the failure of governments to allocate adequate resources for the realization of rights, in spite of their obligation to fulfill economic, social and cultural rights “to the maximum extent of their available resources”, as set out in CRC Art. 4. As a matter of fact, military spending takes a far greater share of both public spending and national income in most countries, thereby diverting huge resources from programmes for children and adolescents.
Reduction of military spending, greater fairness in budget allocations for young people, as well as more transparency and accountability in government expenditures, must all become major components of efforts to promote the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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By Melina Heinrich, 2006
This study looks at the results of the UN Small Arms Review Conference in 2006 and their policy implications.
A neglected aspect of the sustainable development debate by David Hay-Edie and Colin Archer, 2002
This briefing-paper is intented as a resource to help integrate the military dimension into our collective efforts to confront the serious challenges of sustainable development.