This statement was issued at the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War, calling for a the G8 countries, who together make up 70% of the world’s military expenditure, to reduce the money spent on arms and redirect resources to peace, development and the environment. We also call for a change in the methods of dealing with issues such as conflicts and “terrorism”. This statement was initially drafted by the Japanese Organising Committee, and was announced after obtaining the support of key international participants and supporters. This statement will be delivered to the countries of the G8 at the People’s Summit in Sapporo this coming July.
世界の軍事費の７０パーセントを支出しているＧ８諸国に対して軍事費の大幅削減と平和・開発・環境への転換を求めた声明です。世界の国々に対して紛争や 「テロ」問題への対処法を変えることを求めています。日本実行委員会により起草され、主要海外参加者の賛同署名を得て発表されました。７月の北海道洞爺湖 サミットの前に、札幌での「オルタナティブ・サミット」などを通じてＧ８諸国に届けられます。
Global Article 9 Conference Statement to the G8 Summit (Original, English) ［PDF］
In July 2008, the G8 Summit will take place in Japan. In order to strengthen our collective voice, Japan-based NGOs striving towards a sustainable society and working to address as diverse issues as the environment, peace, human rights, global poverty and development, have come together under the broad banner of the 2008 Japan G8 Summit NGO Forum. Within this platform, Peace Boat is serving as secretariat of the Peace and Human Rights Unit.
The “Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War” was held in Japan from May 4-6, 2008.
See the official website of the Conference at: whynot9.jp
This three-day event attracted over 33,000 participants nationwide: over 22,000 in Tokyo, 8,000 in Osaka, 2,000 in Hiroshima and 1,000 in Sendai. Close to 200 international guest speakers and participants came from 40 different countries and regions to represent all continents at the conference.
With the participation of Nobel Peace Laureates, intellectuals, cultural figures and NGO activists, the conference has been a forum for dialogue and discussions on the role that citizens of the world can play to realize the principles of Article 9, through promoting disarmament, demilitarization and a culture of peace.
Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.
Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. We pursue this through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, Northeast Asia, and around the world.
Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit. Activities based on Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our eight Peace Centers in Japan.
For more information: www.peaceboat.org