Geneva Team members – Rolf C. Carriere and Peter Nickisch entered Oral statements into the record of the Open Ended Working Group on the Right to Peace in February 2013.
Excerpts of each of the Oral Statements appear below:
Statement by Rolf C. Carriere, February 18, 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and congratulations on your election.
On behalf of Nonviolent Peaceforce I would like to make three points.
Mr. Chairman, the Human Right to Peace draft declaration before us must be seen against the backdrop of, and as a response to, a century of armed violence that left more than one hundred million people killed, a century in which casualties from wars and violent conflict went up from 10 to 90 percent for civilians, and down from 90 to 10 percent for military. Since the United Nations in 1945 had proclaimed to be “determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, more than 200 wars have been fought and at least 22 million people were killed—again, mostly civilians. In today’s ‘new wars’, civilians are often the intended target. No less than 1.5 billion people now live in countries affected by repeated cycles of political and criminal violence, and no low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet achieved a single Millennium Development Goal. This brings me to my first point.
Statement by Patrick Nickisch, Representative of the United Religions Initiative to the United Nations
Distinguished delegates, your excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen
The Right to peace is linked with the culture of peace group at the UN, which we, as the United Religions Initiative wholeheartedly support, both with our present presidency of the Religious NGO committee in New York City, and with the active engagement at the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, as well as recent culture of peace day on the 14th of February at the UN General Assembly. We welcome these efforts, and in specific the right to peace, as an additional support for peacebuilding work as it does create enhanced framework to achieve inclusive human security for nations and its global citizenry.
We commend article two on Human security for its emphasis on freedom, which is the foundation of peace, while it also promotes a sense of responsibility, from governments, its citizens but also the international community through its bodies.