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2005 world Summit must end the Cycle of Error and move towards true security : common security PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 September 2005 01:11
The 2005 World Summit will succeed if all states immediately undertake to reallocate the current annual 1` trillion dollar military budget to end the cycle of error and promote common security -peace, human rights, environment, social justice The 2005 World Summit will succeed if all states immediately undertake to reallocate the current annual 1` trillion dollar military budget to end the cycle of error and promote common security -peace, human rights, environment, social justice

Joan Russow (PhD) Global Compliance Research Project

The cycle of error persists -- incessant poverty and debt, - induced structural adjustment plans, -privatization of the commons and essential services, - inequitable distribution of resources, - exploitation of natural resources, - perpetuation of overconsumption and the overconsumptive model of development,- tolerated conflict, intolerance, religious extremism, - victimization of civilians especially women and children, - violation of civil and political rights, - intolerance and discrimination - increased militarization and supply of arms, - increased state and individual terrorism, - genocide tolerated- enticement of youths to defend freedom though guarantees of economic or heavenly rewards for those that sacrifice for freedom, - excessive and irrational patriotism, - conflict escalation of ethnic, religious, ideological, territorial conflict, -war, -human induced natural disasters, human induced disasters refugees, long term health, social and environmental consequences- depletion of resources, scarcity of resources, conflict over resources and territory, de-humanization of opponents, war, increased intervention. poverty and the cycle of error continues ..
and must end.

Rather than end the cycle of error, members states of the United Nations have increased the global military budget, even though throughout the years member state have made commitments to re-allocate military expenses to global social justice.

Unfortunately, institutional memory is either short or member states ignore precedents.

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).

This commitment was reaffirmed in 1992 at UNCED

In 1992, all member states recognized that "Warfare is inherently destructive of sustainable development" ( Rio Declarations. Principle 24, UNCED, 1992), and in Chapter 33, of Agenda 21, member states of the Untied Nations made a commitment to the "the reallocation of resources presently committed to military purposes" (33.18e)

The Summit will succeed if all states immediately undertake to reallocate the current annual 1` trillion dollar military budget to end the cycle of error and promote common security.

True security is common security- peace, environment and social justice embodies
the following actions:

- to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights, including the right to security, civil and political rights, and tolerance of difference

- to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose reduce the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of overconsumptive development.

- to achieve a state of peace, justice and security;

- to reallocate the global military expenses to enable social justice,

- to guarantee labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights-
right to food, right to housing, right to health care, right to education and social justice;

- to create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and rights of citizens

here must be the force of compliance to eliminate global insecurity and to achieve true security common security

In 2005, on the 60 anniversary of the United Nations, member states must undertake to reallocate the global military budget to further global common security and end the cycle of war and violence and destruction.
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