Friends and Supporters of Article 9,
are pleased to send you some information about the Global Article 9
Campaign to Abolish War's current activities and related developments.
|PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE
the Article 9 & Article 12 Conference - Peace Constitutions for
Global Disarmament is approaching, many of you have contacted us to
inquire about how to participate in the event.
We are please to
provide further information about participation in the conference,
along with the registration form. Please note that all applications
must be filled and returned no later than July 10, 2009.
download the registration form here.
Date: July 14-15, 2009 *NOTE NEW DATE*
Venue: On board Peace Boat (SS Oceanic)
Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
For more information about the conference, please click here.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Costa Rica shortly!
PEACE BOAT STATEMENT TO THE UN CONFERENCE ON THE WORLD FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS AND ITS IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT
June 24-26, the United Nations convened a three-day Conference on the
World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development in
New York aimed at identifying emergency and long-term responses to
mitigate the impact of the crisis, and initiating a dialogue on how to
On the first day of the summit, Peace Boat issued a
statement calling for profound and fundamental reforms of the
international system that led to today's multiple crises of food,
climate, energy, and trade, as well as social and financial systems.
on the principles of the Global Article 9 Campaign and referring to the
Global Article 9 Declaration to Abolish War, the statement calls on
developed countries not to use the current crisis as an excuse in
meeting their commitments towards achieving the UN Millennium Goals and
urges governments to "honor their international commitment including
the UN Charter and the MDGs as a first step toward building lasting
sustainable prosperity and social justice for all people."
in addition to mobilizing new innovative sources of financing
development, member states must build upon Article 26 of the UN
Charter, and "reconsider their spending priorities, reduce their
military expenses and reallocate part of their military budget into
sustainable development and peace promotion."
statement comes in support of the repeated calls by many in the
development community for a timetable to achieve aid commitments and
speed up the delivery of aid in order to ease up the suffering of the
poorest and worsened by the crisis.
Read the full Peace Boat
Statement to the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic
Crisis and its Impact on Development, here.
For the Global Article 9 Declaration to Abolish War, click here.
Visit the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development's website, here.
Picture Credit: UN/Paulo Filgueiras
| WORLD LAWYERS RENEW THEIR SUPPORT TO THE GLOBAL ARTICLE 9 CAMPAIGN
On June 6-10, 2009, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) held its XVIIth International Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam.
400 lawyers, judges, jurists, law teachers and students from over 30
countries came together to debate and discuss the theme of "Law
and Lawyers in the context of globalization: for peace, development and
independence of the judiciary".
The Japanese delegation strongly represented the Global Article 9 Campaign at the Congress..
its Hanoi Declaration, the Congress reaffirmed its commitment to peace
and explicitly "renewed its support for the Global Article 9 Campaign
led by Japanese lawyers" and "urge[d] all lawyers and jurists to work
for the implementation in every country of the Japanese Constitution's
"No War" clause."
In addition, IADL's
Congress issued a series of resolutions on different topics. Among
them, the Hanoi Peace Appeal emphasizes that "the future and security
of the world will not be secured by military means but by ambitious
programmes of economic, social and cultural development" and "insists
on the redistribution towards the needs of sustainable human
development of all wealth currently squandered on military uses, which
serves only to benefit merchants of death and which can only lead to
the ultimate destruction of mankind."
For more information about IADL's XVIIth International Congress, including the Hanoi Declaration, visit this page.
Find all the resolutions adopted there, click here.
Read the Hanoi Peace Appeal, here.
Photo Credit: International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)
|KYOTO JOURNAL PRAISES THE POWER OF ARTICLE 9
Journal, a non-profit Japan-based quarterly journal providing
"perspectives from Asia", has published a special issue on Article 9 in
its Spring 2009 edition.
The seeds for
this special issue were planted by the Global Article 9 Conference to
Abolish War, which attracted over 30,000 participants in May 2008.
"", this special issue aims to illuminate both the ideal that Article 9
embodies, and how other nations might adopt their own versions. It
provides a range of interviews, discussions, art and poetry related to
Kyoto Journal is available in bookstores in Japan and in the US, and can be ordered online, here.
For a brief introduction and the table of contents, click here.
|A GLOBAL TREASURE - JAPAN'S PEACEFUL CONSTITUTION
of the House of Councilors (Upper House) from the Democratic Party of
Japan, Fujisue Kenzo, has published a book on Article 9, close to the
concept of the Global Article 9 Campaign.
to school children and adults of all ages alike as an introduction to
thinking about peace, the book shows how Article 9 plays an important
role in our everyday lives.
It explains how the constitution
was created and the issues surrounding constitutional amendment in the
National Diet, in a simple way with many illustrations.
Originally written in Japanese, the book is now available in English as well.
Visit Fujisue Kenzo's website, here.
To order a copy of the book, contact Mr Horii of Mr. Fujisue's office by email.
Find the Japanese version of the book on Amazon, here.
Thank you for your interest in and support for the
Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War.
| Newsletter Editor:
Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War / Peace Boat