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Arms Trade Treaty

On 3 June 2013, UN members will begin to sign a new global Arms Trade Treaty, which for the first time will regulate the international trade in conventional arms.  The treaty was overwhelmingly endorsed by the UN General Assembly two months earlier and now requires fifty signatories to come into force.  Has your country signed?  If not, press for it!

  

The Value of a Life: Peace and Human Security in a Post-2015 World

Is a life in one country worth less than a life in another?  Paul Okumu poses this question as he explores why there are more than 190 conflicts endangering lives and affecting communities across the globe . . . and why there is not greater outrage.

If 1.5 billion people don't matter, who does?

In the short travels that I have made to 'developed' countries across Europe, North America and some parts of Asia and Latin America, I have noticed one common denominator:

People value life.
Each life.
Individual life.

Peace and Human Security in South Asia: Challenges and Solutions

When it comes to security, South Asian governments take a traditional view – focusing on securing national boundaries and amassing military power. The region currently spends more than US$22 billion a year on the military. But Irfan Mufti writes that while elites in the corridors of power celebrate missile tests and military hardware purchases, little serious thought seems to be given to human development.

Ending Poverty through Peace and Human Security: A View from the Arab Region

Over the past decade, many countries in the Arab Region have experienced good economic growth rates and some have even posted positive indicators for health, education and decreasing poverty. But key issues - inequality, jobs for our youth, peace and human security - are not being addressed. If we are to truly end poverty, it is imperative that the Post 2015 agenda include clear commitments on these issues, writes Ziad Abdel Samad.

The G20's 'Financing for Investment' must not leave Sustainable Development behind

“Financing for Investment” -- a new catchphrase for generating long-term finance primarily for huge, cross-border Public Private Partnerships in infrastructure -- is quickly becoming a centrepiece of the G20's agenda and will feature prominently in this year's G20 meetings.

In much of the world, writes Nancy Alexander, infrastructure investment is desperately needed.  But new infrastructure projects should strengthen, not undermine, sustainable development.

A Migrant Worker's Testimony to the Post-2015 High Level Panel

The following statement was delivered to the UN High Level Panel on Post-2015 Development by Siti Mariyam, an Indonesian migrant worker, on 25 March 2013.

For the last ten years, at least 200 million migrant workers in all over the world have been moving the world’s economy and bring advantages to our country and the countries where we work. Majority of us are women and work as domestic workers.

We are in vulnerable condition. In this we almost have no legal protection, even though we have contributed alot, but our mobility has been limited with policies which are discriminative, exploitative, anti-migration, criminalization and put us as informal sector. Working abroad is our human right that should be promoted, fullfilled and protected by the country of origin and the country of destination.

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