In the News

In this section you will find newsworthy references to GAPW and our partners.

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“Inside The UN Arms Trade Treaty Talks: The “global gun grab” that isn’t,” Media Matters for America

July 2012

logo-tallDr. Robert Zuber of GAPW was interviewed for and quoted in an article for Media Matters for America detailing how the ATT process is not an all-out “global gun-grab” as has been consistently reiterated by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its supporters. Author Alexander Zaitchik debunks these myths and presents an “inside” view of the ATT process during the month-long negotiations in July 2012.

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“Revamping the UN Peacekeeping Mission,” The Rising Nepal

July 2011

headUnder the leadership of Marius Hennig of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a group of experts from diverse global regions gathered in Berlin on July 7 for working meetings and a public event highlighting the ‘New Horizons’ process and the tools and capacities needed for the international community to provide effective, prevention-based responses to the threat of atrocity crimes. This event was particularly timely given the controversy over NATO implementation of the Libya resolution, the struggles of the UN to come up with a coherent policy on Syria, and persistent (though mostly ignored) calls for the UN to be allowed to develop last-resort response tools that are not dependent on the uncertainties of the troop contributing country model or undermined by slow responses to legitimate findings of atrocity crimes by the Security Council.

GAPW was pleased to participate in this process primarily through our engagement with our proposal for a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS). While the proposal was not able to be discussed in great detail, it was positioned at the event as both a possible successor to SHIRBRIG and as a UN-based complement to regional rapid-response capabilities such as the EU Battlegroups and the AU’s own rapid-response capacity. While there is not yet sufficient political will to promote UNEPS directly at the UN, there is a growing sense that standing, rapid-response capacities legitimized by the UN itself will eventually find their way into the toolkit of the international community.

For access to an article from a local Nepalese paper The Rising Nepal in which Dr. Zuber is quoted and the conference is discussed, please click here.
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Vancouver Declaration Released

Released on March 23, 2011 by two GAPW partners, The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), and signed by eminent experts in international law and diplomacy, the Vancouver Declaration affirms that nuclear weapons are incompatible with international humanitarian law, the law stating what is universally prohibited in warfare. The declaration observes that with their uncontrollable blast, heat, and radiation effects, nuclear weapons are indeed weapons of mass destruction that by their nature cannot comply with fundamental rules forbidding the infliction of indiscriminate and disproportionate harm.

Entitled “Law’s Imperative for the Urgent Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World,” the declaration concludes by calling on states to commence and conclude negotiations on the global prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons as mandated by the legal obligation unanimously proclaimed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1996. An annex to the declaration specifying the applicable law states: “It cannot be lawful to continue indefinitely to possess weapons which are unlawful to use or threaten to use, are already banned for most states, and are subject to an obligation of elimination.”

For the Vancouver Declaration, please click here.

For the full list of signatories, please click here.

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SGI Newletter, “Women Building Peace”

January 2011

Courtesy of SGIOne of Global Action’s important collaborative partners, Soka Gakkai International, has recently published its quarterly newsletter focused on “Women Building Peace” in light of this past October’s 10th anniversary of SCR 1325. SGI has invited contributions from around the world to demonstrate how women are using SCR 1325 to build peace. As SGI states, “Peace is not simply the absence of war. Even in countries that are not conflict-ridden, women suffer from verbal and physical domestic violence as well as discrimination.”

In addition, the newsletter features an article by Kavitha Suthanthiraraj, principle author of Global Action’s recent publicationPromoting Women’s Participation in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies.

For the full newsletter, please click here.

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“The Women are Ready, the Time is Now”

October 20, 2010

group-photo-in-the-morning“Women and Peacebuilding,” a special feature in the October 20th edition of the Japan Times, celebrates the 10th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 and underscores both the disproportionate impact of war on women and the indispensable need for women in all peacemaking processes. The article focuses on two women who have championed the creation and maintenance of peaceful cultures– Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Jasmin Nario-Galace of the Phillippines. Present recently at Global Action’s co-sponored “Women Making Peace” seminar (co-sponsored by Soka Gakkai International and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security) at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Ms. Nario-Galace stated, “I often hear people say that women hold up half the sky. But I ask myself: Do we really? In reality, I think that less than a quarter of women can even reach it.” Through the important work of civil society leaders such as Leymah and Jasmin, women are finally experiencing change in both policy and participation. GAPW is grateful for the Japan Times article, joins the rest of the women, peace and security community in celebrating the 10th anniversary of SCR 1325, and commits to building more momentum towards the resolution’s full implementation.

For the full article, please click here.

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10th Anniversary of SCR 1325 Experts Meeting and Book Launch at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo

September 8, 2010 | Tokyo, Japan

Japan LaunchAs the 10th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 approaches, GAPW has partnered with the United Nations University (UNU) and Soka Gakkai International (SGI) on a significant event both to assess progress on implementing the resolution and to introduce an important new resource for diplomats and leaders of women’s NGOs.

On September 8 in Tokyo, leading scholars, activists and regional policymakers gathered at the UNU in order to participate in two related sessions. The first was an ‘expert’s meeting’ to assess impacts and obstacles related to SC 1325. The second session was a more public event to highlight (with a mostly Japanese audience) ways in which we have fallen short of the promise of ‘1325′ and related resolutions that mandate government action to promote the full participation of women and end impunity for sexual and other gender-based violence.

For the full report on the forum and book launch in Japan please click here.

To view the Japan Times write-up on the forum please click here.

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GAPW congratulates Alyn Ware on Right Livelihood Award

Alyn Ware

Alyn Ware

Global Action wishes to warmly congratulate Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator for the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, who will receive the 2009 Right Livelihood Award in recognition of “his effective and creative advocacy and initiatives over two decades to further peace education and to rid the world of nuclear weapons”. Alyn is a most worthy recipient and his award brings honor and opportunity that can energize a broad range of disarmament experts and activists worldwide.

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“The EU and the UN: Effective Style and Productive Substance”

Robert Zuber; Global Action, August 27, 2009

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UN Security Council Summit on Nuclear Weapons: What the Resolution Does and Does Not Say

LCNP Press Advisory, September 23, 2009

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Democracy Now! interview with John Burroughs

September 25, 2009

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Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for US Policy Makers

December 2008

This report, published by the Genocide Prevention Taskforce, offers a comprehensive policy approach aimed at developing an effective response to genocide. The publication includes a Call to Action by the taskforce co-chairs, Madeleine Albright and William Cohen.