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Paragraph 143(e)i – Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV: Strategic Objectives and Actions

2022-04-27

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/08/15

Strategic objective E.2.

Reduce excessive military expenditures and control the availability of armaments

Actions to be taken

143. By Governments:

e. Recognizing that women and children are particularly affected by the indiscriminate use of anti-personnel land-mines:

i. Undertake to work actively towards ratification, if they have not already done so, of the 1981 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects, particularly the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby Traps and Other Devices (Protocol II),/26 with a view to universal ratification by the year 2000;

Beijing Declaration (1995)

Paragraph 143, in focusing on the necessity of moral action by states (comprised of human beings), makes explicit the points of contact for changing the current condition of the world’s population. If we look into the ways in which military expenditure exceeds simple national defense and peacekeeping missions abroad, we can see the ways in which the consequences of war can continue onwards for a long time.

Let’s take some of this into the environment of the armaments of the world, indeed, there is a distinct effort to try and work towards the reduction of problems associated with war, with arms, and with the leftover arms. One of the issues is the explosion of mines around the world leftover from the war. These continue to destroy the lives of children and parents of countries ravaged by war decades ago.

The anti-personnel land minds even have a specific call here. 15,000-20,000 people per year are killed due to the land mines left over from the war. These wars can largely be done, but the inability to find them creates long-term issues well after the wartime and the battle. The former combat zones become long-term hazards after the official end of the war.

A convention is mentioned and a protocol is referenced here. Both in response to the need to deal with the mines exploding and maiming, and mutilating, and killing, innocents. Women and children as those “particularly affected” become necessary foci here too.

–(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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