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Militarism: the Elephant in the Room. DPI/NGO Climate Change Conference

On September 7, 2007, at the United Nations, this statement was submitted to the Chair of the Intergovernmetal panel on climate change

Militarism: the Elephant in the Room. DPI/NGO Climate Change Conference

 

New York, September 7, 2007:
Declaration by NGO military/nuclear matters breakfast networking meeting, and the NGO Peace Caucus at the DPI/NGO Climate Change Conference:

In 1992, at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), most member states of the United Nations negotiated, subsequently signed and ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose objective was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We

(i)                demand that the DPI  not be silent and refer to military and nuclear matters in all its activities;

(ii)              call upon the member states of the United Nations to act on the commitment in Chapter 33 of Agenda 21, to reallocate military expenses;

(iii)             call upon the UNGA to acknowledge the inextricable link between climate change and conflict over resources, such as oil, water etc.;

(iv)            call upon member states of the United Nations to act on the commitments made in Beijing, in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women, to ensure that all corporations, including transnationals, comply with international law, including international environmental law;

(v)               call upon the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to investigate and estimate the full impact on greenhouse gas emissions by the military and demand that each state release information related to the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of all weapons systems, military exercises, from war games, weapons testing, military aviation, environmental warfare,   troop transfer,  military operations,  waste generation, reconstruction after acts of violent interventions etc.;

(vi)             support the call for the disbanding of NATO, whose collective activities have contributed to, not only the perpetuation of the scourge of war and the violation of international peremptory norms, but also the substantial release of greenhouse gas emissions.

If citizens are willing to do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, member states of the United Nations must stop subsidizing the fossil fuel and military industries and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must discontinue its promotion of nuclear energy – the most hazardous and expensive form of energy known- as the solution to climate change.

THE CLIMATE AND THE WEB OF LIFE ARE IN A STATE OF CRISIS NOW. “WE THE PEOPLES” MUST BE BOLD AND ACT NOW. WE CANNOT SILENT.

Contact:  Joan Russow, PhD, jrussow@gmail.com,  Frans C. Verhagen, M.Div., M.I.A, PhD, gaia1@rcn.com

Robert Pollard, Susan Asarian Nickerson, Eryl Court, Margaret K. Spallone, JoAnne Flemming-Valin, Janis Alton, Sang Jin Choi, Sharon Wallenberg. Marlyn Ashby