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Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV: Strategic Objectives and Actions – Beijing 142


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/07/19

Strategic objective E.1.

Increase the participation of women in conflict resolution at decision-making levels and protect women living in situations of armed and other conflicts or under foreign occupation

Actions to be taken

142. By Governments and international and regional intergovernmental institutions:

a. Take action to promote equal participation of women and equal opportunities for women to participate in all forums and peace activities at all levels, particularly at the decision-making level, including in the United Nations Secretariat with due regard to equitable geographical distribution in accordance with Article 101 of the Charter of the United Nations;

Beijing Declaration (1995)

Paragraph 142 of the Beijing Declaration provides an interesting insight into the issues of international dialogue and peacemaking. It is emphasizing levels of governments and international and regional intergovernmental institutions. The core purpose is the protection of women to participate in the forums of peacemaking and associated activities “at all levels.”

The focus is peacemaking. As you may have gathered through skimming through this casual series covering the rights documents for women’s rights, the focus throughout the human rights documents on the rights of women focus on the need to provide an opportunity for women to be at the table.

Without such an opportunity, we can simply not expect an appropriate level of stability, likely, for the maintenance and continued development of peace and societies in the modern period with the international or “globalist” infrastructure developed since the end of WWII and the recognized necessity of women in the peace process and the necessity of the reduction of war in the world for the betterment of national life and citizen wellbeing and the frameworks of the world system to work while respecting national sovereignty at the same time.

In some sense, a balance between nationalism and globalism, which remain buzz words in the current media cycle, for a properly integrated internationalism – respect for national and international law, and respect for national sovereignty in the work of the nation-state in alignment with international norms and procedures.

An interesting concluding note, the commentary continues to note the equitable distribution in accordance with Article 101 of the Charter of the United Nations:

Article 101

1. The staff shall be appointed by the Secretary-General under regulations established by the General Assembly.

2. Appropriate staffs shall be permanently assigned to the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, and, as required, to other organs of the United Nations. These staffs shall form a part of the Secretariat.

3. The paramount consideration in the employment of the staff and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.

That is to imply, the equitable distribution via geography means the equal consideration and application of the United Nations Secretariat by geography, unstated if by country population, regional population, region, or what have you. This remains part of the messy nature of the international governing systems, while maintaining the principles of “efficiency, competence, and integrity.”

–(Updated 2018-11-10, only use the updated listing, please) One can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights:

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