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To celebrate Human Rights Day the Future of Human Rights Forum convened a multidisciplinary conference to examine strategies to move away from a militaristic economy toward a human security economy that focuses on realizing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights in an environment of international solidarity.  In the light of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, everyone agreed that disarmament must have a high level of priority in every civil-society initiative.
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PEACE MUST BE MAINSTREAMED INTO ALL UNITED NATIONS ACTIVITIES AND INTO THE ACTIVITIES OF INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS.  WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE ADOPTION BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL OF A DECLARATION ON THE RIGHT TO PEACE — REFLECTING BOTH ITS INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE DIMENSIONS, AND STRENGTHENED BY A MONITORING MECHANISM.

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The world has already escaped many “close calls”-  Whereas we have been lucky,  we cannot expect to be lucky every time — and a technological glitch that leads to Apocalypse is just as real a danger as a deliberate pushing of the red button.  While conflict-prevention is essential to the survival of mankind, total nuclear disarmament is the only option — as discussed in Vienna earlier this week at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Aspects of Nuclear War.

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Disarmament for development makes sense — and conversion strategies must be devised to ensure that funds released by disarmament are not wasted — but are invested wisely in peacetime industries and the creation of employment, particularly for the young.

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