Thursday, 24 April 2014
Pax Dei--Living in Peace 14
Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire, 1965 (49 years on....)
Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee (2013)
"...5. WE RECOMMEND THAT GOVERNMENTS
a. Adopt by 2015 and begin implementing binding regulations with targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the recommendations in the 2013 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
b. Negotiate and establish a ban on the production, deployment, transfer and use of nuclear weapons in accordance with international humanitarian law;
c. Ensure that all remaining stocks of chemical weapons are destroyed under the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention and cluster munitions are destroyed under the Convention on Cluster Munitions, at the earliest possible date;
d. Declare their support for a pre-emptive ban on drones and other robotic weapons systems that will select and strike targets without human intervention when operating in fully autonomous mode;
e. Reallocate national military budgets to humanitarian and developmental needs, conflict prevention and civilian peace-building initiatives amongst others; and
f. Ratify and implement the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by 2014 and on a voluntary basis include weapon types not covered by the ATT.
“Just peace is a journey into God’s purpose for humanity and all creation. It is rooted in the self-understanding of the churches, the hope of spiritual transformation and the call to seek justice and peace for all. It is a journey that invites us all to testify with our lives...
God of life, guide our feet into the way of just peace!"
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