Subject: Cultivating a Just
Moved By: Bishop Sue Moxley,
from the Diocese of Nova Scotia
Seconded By: Garth Bulmer,
from the Diocese of Ottawa
Note: The mover and the seconder must be members of the General Synod and be present in the House when the resolution is before the synod for debate.
BE IT RESOLVED:
That this General Synod:
1. Endorse the KAIROS led Just Peace…True Security Postcard
Campaign that calls on Canada to commit itself to pursuing an
Agenda for Just Peace, which will:
Respect Human Rights: Ensure that the civil , political, economic,
social and cultural rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and its corresponding covenants are indivisible, universal and legally enforceable,
and take precedence over trade and investment agreements.
Nurture Social Security: Reorient security spending towards
social security, equitable economic development, environmental protection and
protection of civil liberties.
Control Arms Exports: Place additional national controls on arms exports
and promote an international treaty to prevent arms transfers to governments
that show a pattern of persistent human rights violations.
Increase Aid: Increase Official Development Assistance to 0.7%
of GNP within the next 5 years, respecting the rights of peoples to determine
their own development goals.
Cancel the Debt: Immediately and Unconditionally cancel 100% of the
bilateral and multilateral debts of all low-income countries, reject structural
adjustment conditionality, and cancel the illegitimate debt of all developing
2. Ask the General Secretary to convey these concerns by letter to the Prime
Minister by June 30th, 2004.
EXPLANATORY NOTE/BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
“Cultivating Just Peace”
proposes an alternative vision, long promoted by the churches, in which universal
respect for human rights and freedom from fear and want are seen as the path
to 'true' security. For over thirty years, the Canadian churches have been strong
advocates for human security, based on freedom from fear and want. Through human
rights instruments and global agreements, the global community has made some
progress in creating true security. But now this progress is under serious threat
both at home and abroad.
The points in the Agenda for Just Peace–respect human rights, nurture
social security, control arms exports, increase aid, and cancel debt–are
all concrete steps that our government can take to advance true security and
Both the Anglican Church of Canada and PWRDF are members of KAIROS: Canadian
Ecumenical Justice Initiatives - a partnership of eleven Canadian churches and
church agencies committed to faithful action for justice and peace. The work
of KAIROS focuses on: Aboriginal rights, Canadian social development, ecological
justice, global economic justice, global partnerships, and international human
rights. KAIROS takes on a focused campaign and action every year, drawing on
issues of concern highlighted by the local network, the churches, and global
and Canadian partners. KAIROS includes a network of 100 local ecumenical groups,
and many supporting local churches and community groups.
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