Agenda of the Hague Appeal for Peace

Agenda of the Hague Appeal for Peace



By Enrique Suarez

If anyone asks you 'What needs to be done to build peace in the world?', or 'What needs to be included in peace education curricula?', just hand them the following summary.

The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century is so extensive that one receives the impression that every one of the world's problems is addressed therein:

1. Educate for Peace, Human Rights, and Democracy;

2. Counter the Adverse Effects of Globalization;

3. Advance the Sustainable and Equitable Use of Environmental Resources;

4. Eradicate Colonialism and Neocolonialism;

5. Eliminate Racial, Ethnic, Religious, and Gender Intolerance;

6. Promote Gender Justice;

7. Protect and Respect Children and Youth;

8. Promote International Democracy and Just Global Governance;

9. Proclaim Active Non-Violence;

10. Eliminate Communal Violence at the Local Level;

11. Enlist World Religions in Transforming the Culture of Violence into a Culture of Peace and Justice;

12. Advance the Global Campaign for the Establishment of the International Criminal Court;

13. Encourage Close Cooperation Between the Converging Fields of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law;

14. Reinforce Support for the International Criminal Tribunals;

15. Enforce Universal Jurisdiction for Universal Crimes: Building Upon the Pinochet Precedent;

16. Reform and Expand the Role of the International Court of Justice in the Context of a More Comprehensive System of Global Justice;

17. Strengthen Protection of and Provide Reparation for the Victims of Armed Conflict;

18. End Violence Against Women in Times of Armed Conflict;

19. Stop the Use of Child Soldiers;

20. Help Victims to Hold Abusers Accountable Under International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law;

21. Protect Human Rights Defenders, Humanitarian Workers, and Whistleblowers;

22. Train Grassroots Organisations to Use National, Regional and International Mechanisms in the Enforcement of International Law;

23. Promote Increased Public Knowledge, Teaching and Understanding of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law;

24. Integrate Human Rights Protections into Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction;

25. Build Upon the Successes and Failures of Truth Commissions and Political Amnesties;

26. Establish a Universal and Effective System of Habeas Corpus;

27. Subject Warmaking to Democratic Controls;

28. Strengthen Local Capacities;

29. Strengthen the United Nations' Capacity to Maintain Peace;

30. Prioritise Early Warning and Early Response;

31. Promote the Training of Civilian Peace Professionals;

32. Refine the Use of Sanctions;

33. Strengthen Mechanisms for Humanitarian Intervention;

34. Engender Peace Building;

35. Empower Young People;

36. Support Unrepresented Peoples' Right to Self-Determination;

37. Strengthen Coalition-Building Between Civil Society Organisations;

38. Strengthen Regional and Sub-Regional Capacities for Peace;

39. Mainstream Multi-Track Diplomacy;

40. Utilise the Media as a Proactive Tool for Peacebuilding;

41. Promote the Conflict Impact of Policies;

42. Implement a Global Action Plan to Prevent War;

43. Demilitarize the Global Economy by Reducing Military Budgets and Shifting Resources Toward Human Security Programs;

44. Negotiate and Ratify an International Treaty to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons;

45. Prevent Proliferation and Use of Conventional Weapons, Including Light Weapons, Small Arms and Guns and Safeguard Personal Security;

46. Ratify and Implement the Landmine Ban Treaty;

47. Prevent the Development and Use of New Weapons and New Military Technologies, Including a Ban on Depleted Uranium and the Deployment of Weapons in Space;

48. Encourage Universal Adherence To and Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention;

49. Hold States and Corporations Accountable for the Impact of Military Production, Testing and Use on the Environment and Health; and

50. Build a Civil Society Movement for the Abolition of War.



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