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Paragraph 143(f)iii – Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/11/01

Strategic objective E.2.

Reduce excessive military expenditures and control the availability of armaments

Actions to be taken

143. By Governments:

f. Recognizing the leading role that women have played in the peace movement

    iii. Pending the entry into force of a comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty, exercise the utmost restraint in respect of nuclear testing.

Beijing Declaration (1995)

Now, paragraph 143, obviously, focuses on the importance of women in the peace process and the creation of the documents salient to, if not necessary for, the reduction of nuclear testing throughout the world. In fact, when we see the availability of the armaments with more than 14,000 active nuclear warheads, or, approximately, $2 trillion in military expenditures throughout the world can lead to some thoughts about the issues.

How did we get here? Why so many? Are there more than the estimated amounts in the world? Will these poly-opolies, internationally speaking, provide a basis for the prevention of nuclear catastrophe due to a multinational governance desire to not be vaporized and, literally, cease to exist in any decent form? This seems reasonable, but this may be an unreasonable idea in some other ways.

Sometimes, societies and governments, even semi-democratic, can be suicidal, as with the United States, and others, with a complete lack of understanding of the climate problems facing us or the outright denial of the facts of anthropogenic climate change or human-induced global warming. We don’t truly know at the end of the day because of the issues of human choices behind all of this.

The number of unknowns, probably, leaves us in a global system in which statistical heuristics become the most important basis for decision-making rather than gut, chance, God, or the gun. It becomes a scientific, an empirical question, in other words, where it is an international ethic with the necessity of being informed by science and, thus, ethics as necessarily incorporating science.

As I explored through the Humanist Association of Toronto in Humanism as an Empirical Moral Philosophy, the fundamental ideas of the humanistic ethic comes from an inclusion of science in the full decision-making tree, whether explicit or not, about the proper means by which one should act and think in the world – how one should relate to others, as per the fundamental notion of morality – with the adaptation to the facts of the world to put boundaries on the possible decisions one can make and the depth of precision with which one can make them.

Humanism presents an internationalist perspective on morality. This globalist vision of how human beings integrate with one another sincerely impacts the world of human rights considerations with the equality of women and the improvement of the inclusion of women in the varieties of peacemaking processes. The reduction of the nuclear armaments and the prevention of excess or any nuclear testing is a necessity in 1995 and now.

–(Updated 2019-08-21, 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:


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