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Beijing Platform for Action. Paragraph 149(a)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/07/20

Strategic objective E.6.

Provide assistance to the women of the colonies and non-self-governing territories

Actions to be taken

149. By Governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations:

a. Support and promote the implementation of the right of self-determination of all peoples as enunciated, inter alia, in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action by providing special programmes in leadership and in training for decision-making;

Beijing Declaration (1995)

Paragraph 149(a) of the Beijing Declaration is dealing with the levels of “governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations,” which become states and associated non-state entities in a manner of speaking. When looking at the main stipulations in (a) in 149, the core is support and promotion without direct involvement, for some reason.

Nonetheless, this is an important part of the entire process. The statement of “all peoples” becomes interesting here. Also, it’s not about mere stipulation or repetition of the important parts of the text in regards to human rights. For the promotion and support of the implementation of the right to self-determination, the hinge for “all peoples” is the ability to ‘self-determine’ or create a basis by which to give people governance by and for themselves.

How this may look and be played out by different peoples may different, but the world does not necessarily come in neat packages, this is the way of the world. It is partial and improving, not inevitably, and groping towards some of these stipulated ‘universals’ with some more based on supporting and promoting than anything else. Via the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, the Beijing Declaration in Paragraph 149(a) focuses on those special programmes.

Those areas of building the base of leadership. The leadership and training necessary for executive decision-making, ideally democratically, for the implementation of this right to self-determination. Nonetheless, the manner or the form in which these self-governance structures for self-determination arise may replicate kinds seen elsewhere, or not; the point is the import of supporting and promoting the implementation of the right to self-determination of all peoples.

(Updated 2020-07-07, only use the updated listing, please) Not all nations, organizations, societies, or individuals accept the proposals of the United Nations; one can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights, and the important days and campaigns devoted to the rights of women and girls too:


Strategic Aims

Celebratory Days

Guidelines and Campaigns

Women and Men Women’s Rights Campaigners


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