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This plan has been created using two books: ‘Peace Within Our Grasp’ by Crandall R. Kline and ‘How To Achieve World Peace’ by Jim Des Rocher. For more information, please log onto www.achieveworldpeace.co.uk.
1. International Laws Implemented By The United Nations International laws which ensure people’s basic human rights and the prevention of war are adhered to, will do much to help ensure world peace. These will be particularly effective if an international police force/ military would work to enforce these laws by arresting people who break them and by defending any country under attack from another. 2. Increase Democracy We will never live in a truly free, peaceful world until the majority have a say. Many people in political power have vested interests and won’t always make decisions which represent what the majority of the country they are representing, want. 3. National Laws National laws would further help to ensure people can live free from poverty and violence. If enough people ask their government to implement laws to protect the rights of people and animals within their country, under a fair and elected government as would be international law, it could happen. 4. Religious Teachings For World Peace The morals of people are greatly influenced by religions. Religions can further promote peaceful living and the U.N. laws of defence only. They can also teach religious tolerance and condemn anyone who tries to enforce their religion on another. 5. Empathy Lessons Racial and religious hatred causes many wars. Teaching people to respect all groups of people and managing conflicts would help to reduce wars and create a more peaceful, understanding world. 6. Poverty and Hunger Many wars are the result of fighting over resources. Not only would actions to reduce poverty and hunger, reduce these wars, it would also enable people to live without fear of hunger and death – a right every human being is entitled to. 7. Renewable Energy Another huge cause of many wars, particularly recently, is the need for oil. Increased access to renewable energy to alleviate our dependence on oil, would prevent wars which are often the result of a fear of not being able to obtain oil. Renewable sources would also help with reducing the amount of greenhouse gases which is better for all of us.
The U.N. has 32 humans rights articles but none of these have to be adhered to by any members of the U.N. Two of the most important human rights articles within the U.N. charter are: 1. Freedom from slavery. 2. The right for people to choose how they are governed. Many people of this world don't currently have these basic freedoms.
If there were to be international laws that supported the Declaration of Human Rights, it would help to ensure the freedom of people worldwide. If these laws were also backed up by an international police force/military which could be made up of a percentage of U.N. members’ armies, this would also act as a deterrent for some world leaders and terrorists. We have already seen how effective this ideology has worked with the NATO; very few terrorist groups or corrupt world leaders will want to go up against a large army/ police force made up of U.N. members' armies. Here’s an example of some international laws that would enable the rights of all people to be protected: Selling weapons to other countries is illegal. Nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction will be illegal (see more in 'Disarm Most Nuclear Weapons' lower down the page). Harbouring international criminals will be illegal. Disagreements between countries can be settled in the U.N. Internal Affairs Department instead of going to war. If the two countries cannot reach an agreement, a majority vote within the U.N. could be taken instead. (More about this below) All people have the right to choose their own religion and anybody who violates this right will become an international criminal. All people have the right to choose how they want to be governed and anybody who violates this right will become an international criminal. Read more about this below. All people will be given the opportunity to re-elect in a sufficient amount of time. The government has a responsibility to ensure they have adequate authorities to oversee the police force, justice system and healthcare of each country. The U.N. has control over 25-50% of their members’ militaries in order to act as an international police force to arrest international criminals or to defend a country that is being invaded (read more below). Militaries can only be used to defend countries and can’t be used to attack. Militaries can be built up and prepared if a country is threatened by another. Any world leader that goes to war against another country will become an international criminal. No civilian will be killed or harmed (including with sanctions) in the process of capturing a world leader unless it is in self defence. World leaders will also not be killed but captured using non-lethal weapons and tried at the International Criminal Court accordingly. Read more lower down the page. The U.N. Security Council has the authority to order the arrest and trial in the International Criminal Court of any leaders who violate U.N. laws. All nations must aid in the capture and extradition, regardless of the nationality of the accused. The U.N. shall make no laws that infringe on the rights described in this list or the Declaration of Human Rights. The U.N. has no other rights. All rights not listed here remain the rights of the national governments or their citizens. The U.N. shall make no laws not covered by this list of rights.
This list is just a suggestion of laws that could be brought to the U.N. and there could be a vote on these and any others that are likely to ensure world peace. With these laws, and an international police force/ military to help enforce them, each country should still be able to maintain their unique nationality and culture but each citizen of these countries will also be ensured the right to live in peace and freedom. The Power Of Veto Although international law with a police force to support it, would work well in theory, in practice, the fact that some countries have the power of veto and may favour good relations with some countries over others, will always cause problems when it comes to votes within the U.N. This is also not vey democratic as even if most counties are in favour of a particular law or policy, it can be completely stopped by the minority. However, every country should be able to govern as they wish, as long as nobody is hurt from it. Therefore perhaps the voting system would be better if the power of veto was only acceptable if the policy or action being voted on, affects that country directly.
Sovereignity Many countries don't want the U.N. to have too much power as they don't want to lose their sovereignity. However, all sovereignity does have limits to ensure no power can have complete control over another human being. As long as international laws only seek to ensure the freedom of all people from harm or any form of slavery, they're not infringing on the sovereignity of a country and each country will still be able to retain nationality and culture as they please. International Police Force/ Military Having the power of an international military/ police force will help to deter any terrorists or world leaders from breaking any laws to protect the basic freedom of any citizen. Militaries will not be allowed to cross the border of their own country unless they are working to protect another country or working as an international police force to capture an international criminal. They will use non-lethal weapons and won’t be able to hurt anyone unless in self defence like most other police forces. Non-Lethal Weapons Non-lethal weapons can be used to aid in the capture of terrorists or corrupt world leaders. They can also be used to calm down riots. The following weapons would be effective: Tear gas/ pepper spray. Rubber bullets. Water hoses. Sting balls (bags of pellets shot from guns). Active denial system (high frequency waves that feel like scalding water). Stun grenades (grenades filled with rubber balls). Taser belts, projectiles, grenades or nets that produce an electrical shock that disables the target person. Laser lights to intimidate or temporarily blind target person. Sticky foam that is so sticky it stops a person being able to move. Loud, low frequency sound. Aqueous foam or CS gas.
Disarm Most Nuclear Weapons Nuclear weapons are one of the biggest threats to world peace. They threaten the lives of innocent civilians and as long as they are present, there is always the threat that a terrorist could get hold of one. All countries can gradually disarm their nuclear weapons a few at a time. If the U.N. Security Council were to keep just 5 nuclear weapons under tight security, this would prevent the risk of somebody creating new weapons and being able to threaten countries with them. Further to this, U.N. intelligence has been effective in the past at finding weapons of mass destruction and can continue to do so. In 1995, the U.N. was able to find biological weapons throughout Iraq where they had been stored in hospitals, laboratories, veterinary centres and health centres, despite Iraq’s denial of any weapons and noncorporation. Compromise, Not War Currently disputes between countries are settled within the International Justice Court. Organisations such as Peace Grows Inc and the Centre for Applied Conflict Management, currently train people for settling disputes and reaching compromises. If the staff of this department were trained in this way, they could help to settle disputes between countries in order to prevent war. Citizens Choosing How They Are Governed People having the freedom to choose how they are governed, is a basic human right as stated in the U.N. Human Rights Articles. The U.N. can ensure this right is given to every person with an international law. Some countries may be divided as to how they want to be ruled, particularly if they are of differing religions. In this case, democratic theocracy could be used. There could be one council overlooking two houses of congress. Each house could
represent what one group of people want. For example, Israel could have one congress house which governs Muslims and another to govern Jews. Each house could enforce laws according to the group of people they oversee and the one main council could then overlook both houses and enforce laws that apply to all people of that country (not religion based). Peace Alliance It takes a lot for most changes within the U.N to be made particularly due to the power of veto, which many countries are unlikely to want to give up. If this does prove to be difficult, maybe a peace alliance made up of a number of countries within the U.N might be more effective. Although they wouldn’t be able to enforce international laws they could agree to protect people worldwide and ensure the basic rights from the Declaration of Human Rights are followed. What You Can Do Write to your MP and U.N. Ambassador asking them to consider the reorganisation of the United Nations and the power of veto so that international laws can be created to protect citizens of all nations. If enough people write to their MPs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the question will be raised in parliament and from this, can be brought up in the U.N. You could suggest the idea of international laws to support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to pressure groups such as Amnesty International and Oxfam. These groups have a strong political influence and the tools to help ensure this important issue is presented to parliament and following that, the United Nations. Sign the petition for U.N. Ambassadors all around the world. This will enable all those who want the re-organisation of the U.N. to be able to work in a more united way as well as writing on an individual basis. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/please-reogranise-the-U.N.ited-nations-toensure-international-human-rights-and-world-peace/ If you live in a country that is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), write to them to see if they would be interested in stepping forward as an influential group and suggesting a re-organisation of the United Nations. Log onto http://globalsolutions.org/ - Citizens For Global Solutions is an organisation that works to ensure people worldwide have basic human rights and freedom from war. Spread the message that world peace can be attained by the implementation of international laws from the United Nations.
More Ideas For The United Nations
The Economic & Social Council The economic and social council currently work hard and do a brilliant job of ensuring all people have access to basic welfare such as food, healthcare, housing, education and employment. Some ideas that would further help this department to ensure all people have these basic rights are: Working with the world bank to ensure grants are given to citizens starting businesses in impoverished countries rather than governments and leaders. Using the military to help with natural disasters. Working with impoverished countries to ensure all citizens are provided with a minimum wage. Raising Funds For The United Nations The U.N. would need to earn money to ensure it can support the departments which will promote world peace. They have previously discussed a Tobin Tax which is a tax for all currency exchanges between countries. Just one penny for each $1,000 it’s estimated, would generate £1.2 billion. Other ways the U.N. could generate money would be to have a tax for international post and international cheques.
Increased democracy is essential for countries that are currently under a regime and even those who are under a democratic government, usually feel they have very little say in how their country is run. There are many ways our democracy can be increased and this is essential if we are to change national laws and the running of the United Nations. Publicly Elected Ministers In many democratic societies, we have the freedom to elect our MP and Prime Minister but have no control over our Ambassador in the U.N. or the Ministers in charge of important departments such as the NHS and Education. The people we have doing these jobs are no doubt experts in their field, however, there is a distance between us and them. At present, if you have any concerns about the NHS, for example, you need to go through your MP who will then write to the relevant minister. As the minister is appointed by the Prime Minister, while they may take your comments into consideration, there isn’t much of an incentive to act on them. If we were to have the opportunity to elect representatives to work alongside the Ministers in charge of important departments and to work alongside Ambassadors within the U.N. this would work much more democratically as their position would rely on them doing a job that satisfies the majority of people they represent. An increased voice within the U.N. would also help ensure a reformed U.N. and will demonstrate a democracy that is likely to be followed by other countries. A United Voters' Organisation Many governments are highly influenced by political pressure groups/ special interest groups who bribe them with money and favours. They also provide their members with information so that they can pressure politicians accordingly. A United Voters’ Organisation would ultimately end up with more influence than any other political group if it had enough members and continued to keep them updated. This would ensure politicians would need to keep promises they have made to their constituents in order to be elected and act in the interest of the majority of society. A United Voters’ Organisation would effectively act as a governing body to ensure the government is working within the interests of the people it represents. A New/ Reformed Democratic Party If a new party were to offer people a more democratic society with the chance to elect representative Ministers, have a United Voters’ Organisation and work to reform the U.N. they would have a high chance of being voted in. Many people want a more democratic government and many feel they have so little say, that they have given up any interest in politics altogether. The Fat Cats While we are supposed to live in a society where nobody is above the law, even in the UK, this is far from the case. Large corporations are able to carry out human rights abuses and abuse the environment as much as they like as long as they have limited liability. When pulled up about any of these abuses, companies can simply declare that they are carrying out their work with the hope of increasing the profits of their shareholders. Shareholders aren’t currently held accountable for any abuses carried out by the companies in which they invest. If shareholders were to be held liable, this would ensure they would want the companies in which they invest, to work in a more humane and ethical manner. This would also increase the amount of liability companies hold for their practices and stop them from being above the law. What You Can Do If you're politically minded you could organise a more democratic political party or a United Voters' Organisation.
The international laws support the fundamental human rights of all people worldwide. However, if each nation were to have national laws such as the following, it would further ensure peace and equal human rights. These are just some ideas and I'm sure everyone has varying ideas of what laws are necessary for peace in their own country. However, these basic ideas will ensure there will be less racial and religious hatred which is the cause of most violence throughout the world and a minimum wage will help reduce poverty (for countries that are in poverty, a reduction of the working week will also help to spread the wealth evenly). Basic animal welfare laws in most countries would also be effective at helping to prevent animal suffering worldwide Fines for people who preach hatred/ intolerance to any group of people. A minimum wage for all citizens of that country. Increased gun control. Empathy lessons as part of the national curriculum. Basic animal welfare laws. What You Can Do Write to your MP and relevant ministers to ensure any of these points can become law where relevant. If enough people write and sign a petition to say they want a law in a democratic society, it can work! One clever thought from ‘Achieve World Peace’ by Jim Des Rocher, is that of a creation of a United Voters’ Organisation. While democracies can choose who governs them, they often have little say over the laws the government then implements once in power. A United Voters’ Organisation would give much more power to the people as a politician would have to pay attention to the wants and needs of the people as a united group, otherwise, they wouldn’t be voted for in the next election. Sign the Million Faces Petition at www.controlarms.org in favour of gun control in order to help prevent violence.
Religious Tolerance and Teachings
All religions have a lot of influence over people’s moral ideas and can use this influence to further promote world peace. The Akron Area Interfaith Council approved the following paper in 1993 which gives their position on hatred and violence. We representatives of seven religious faiths, Baha’i, Islam, Jewish, Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Unitarian Universalists, join together in support of the following statements: 1. We condemn the use of violence and hatred by individuals or groups in any situation, but here we focus on those occasions where hatred and violence are used to express feelings of superiority, to overcome a feeling of inferiority, or to gain political control. 2. Hatred is caused by many things, but it is an emotion that needs to be controlled. We denounce the preaching of ethnic or religious hatred and instead advocate living in peace and harmony with one’s neighbours. 3. We hold that all people are equal, both under God and under the laws in many nations. We support freedom of religion for all people in all nations and respect for all people of all races and faiths. 4. Freedom of speech does not allow persons to tell untruths that harm others. Not only the law but many religions preach against making false accusations. We may criticise other’s violations of moral laws in a constructive manner but we should continue to show concern for their welfare. 5. Instead of putting others down, we should treat them as equals. Having respect for others as well as for one’s self and not displaying feelings of superiority is the better method for making an enjoyable life and building a peaceful society.
6. Joining with people of like interests and appearances is enjoyable and harmless in itself but trouble begins when members indicate they are superior to outsiders, are disrespectful of others and think they have the right to dictate who uses the public streets and parks in the area or make the laws that discriminate. 7. Open emigration is a basic right but it is only a partial solution. The preferred solution to repression or famine in a foreign nation is the elimination of the problem with the help of the United Nations. If all places of worship were to promote this statement, it will encourage people to generally live more peacefully. It will also help with the recognition that all religions have similar objectives of promoting peaceful living, thereby promoting religions working together for the same cause. What You Can Do Write to places of worship to suggest the above paper is displayed throughout places of worship. Find out more about the Ba’hai faith which is a combination of all faiths in order to prevent religious differences. The Ba’hai faith teaches that although there are minor differences in all religions, they all fundamentally believe that there is a God of sorts, a possible after life and that there are specific moral values that good people should abide by to live life fairly.
Although most people are fundamentally good, there are some human attributes that tend to lead us to have wars: Aggression is natural for all of us; we’ve always needed it in order to protect food, territory and to fight over females if necessary. We are all proud and any kind of offence or sign of disrespect, makes us very angry. Many wars are the result of one person having been offended by one person of a specific nationality (this is how World War II began!) Human beings have a tendency to categorise. This is how we understand and make sense of the world and the people in it. Unfortunately, this can lead to the categorising of nations and races of people. Ethnic or religious intolerance is another reason for wars. As long as we understand and accept these parts of ourselves, we can control them and ensure we don’t hurt others as a result of them. If lessons on empathy were to be added to the curriculum, it would help teach people about conflict management, compromise, understanding different cultures and religions and learning to respect all life including animals and the natural world. What You Can Do Write to your MP and ministers of education asking for lessons that teach people empathy and the importance of equality and diversity. If enough people write and sign a petition to say they want a law in a democratic society, it can work!
Poverty and Hunger
Many civil wars are the result of a lack of resources particularly in countries suffering from poverty. World hunger and poverty seems like a problem that’s so immense it’s almost impossible to solve. If we all work together, it can finally come to an end and recent efforts have caused a decrease in the amount of people living in poverty although the numbers are still in their billions. Global warming could further increase poverty to major cities which in turn, is likely to cause civil wars as resources become scarce. In fact, rising sea levels as a result of global warming, will first submerge cities such as London, New York, Tokyo, Sidney, Calcutta and Bombay before moving onto others.
World Hunger Did you know there is enough food to feed the world? Hard to believe when more than a billion people are going hungry. A lot of this is due to meat. The grain that could be used to feed people is instead used to feed animals. Because animals need protein to help maintain lots of inedible body parts such as horns, eyes, hooves etc, in the end it takes 16 pounds of grain to create just one pound of edible flesh. In fact, the amount of vegetable protein fed to the US beef herd would feed almost the entire populations of India and China; that’s two billion people. The amount of grain needed to end extreme hunger is 40 million tonnes. Yet the amount of grain fed to animals in the West is 540 million tonnes. If we all went vegetarian, we could end world hunger overnight. The Environment Farming livestock is bad for the environment for many reasons. Once land has been used for livestock, it often can’t be used again. In fact, deserts spread every year by an area the size of England and Scotland. Livestock grazing is the main cause. Farming livestock also uses more water than vegetables. On irrigated land, 1lb of vegetables uses 25 gallon whereas 1lb of beef uses 5,214 gallons. Rain forests are still being felled to graze hamburger cattle. Going vegan saves one acre of forest every year. Farmed animals rank second in causing global warming due to the methane they produce. What You Can Do Go vegan or try to eat more veganly! http://www.vegansociety.com/ Spread the word of how going vegan could end world hunger! Log onto the hunger site – http://www.thehungersite.com – everytime you click, a child is fed. It doesn’t cost you a penny as it is sponsored by adverts! You can donate seeds to Kokopelli seeds so that people in impoverished countries can grow their own food – www.kokopelli-seeds.com. Many people want to break out of poverty and have ideas on how to do so but unfortunately, not the funds. You can give a loan through Kiva and it will be paid back once the person borrowing can afford to, through the income from the business they have set up. Log onto www.kiva.org for more information. Log onto www.tfsr.org (Tools for Self Reliance) to donate any unwanted tools to countries that need them for farming or businesses. Log onto www.villageleap.com to buy products directly from villages in Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia who otherwise don’t have access to an international market.
Oil is an essential resource but it isn’t equally dispersed. According to James Woolsey, former US Director of Central Intelligence, one reason the US recently went into Iraq was as a means of exhibiting military force to Saudi Arabia. Many previous US political figures have believed Saudi Arabia have had links with Al Qaeada and there were fears that they would refuse to sell oil to the US. This would be devastating given that the highest percentage of our oil comes from Saudi Arabia. In fact, many westerners are so frightened of losing access to oil that they will ignore human rights abuses in order to keep good relations with the countries that sell it. We are gradually turning to renewable energy particularly as we fear the oil reserves will soon run out. How You Can Help Friends of the Earth has some great tips for doing your bit – http://www.foe.co.uk You can also score how green you are and get some ideas of ways to be greener by logging onto http://www.greenscore.org.uk
There are also many companies that provide renewable energy now. www.goodenerdgy.co.uk is a good one for gas and electric. If you can afford it, switch to a hybrid or hydrogen fuelled car – apparently in a hybrid car as it is partly run on electric, it can go 70 miles to the gallon. If like me, you can’t afford one just yet, diesel may have to do until more second hand hybrids become available!
Other Ways To Make A Difference As well as ending war and violence, there are many other ways to make the world more peaceful for every soul that lives in it. So here's some more worthwhile causes and actions you can take to help them. If you'd like me to add another cause to this page, please feel free to email me using the contact page. Thanks. Animal Welfare Many animals are still farmed in terrible conditions; many are kept in filthy, cramped conditions and have to be given antibiotics regularly as they are so vulnerable to disease. Many bred for meat are also often given growth inducing hormones that increase their size drastically to the point where many end up unable to walk. A recent investigation also revealed that when going to slaughter, many animals aren’t stunned properly, are killed in front of their young or vice versa and will sometimes be punched or kicked prior to slaughter. Cows, like humans, have to be impregnated in order to produce milk. Once cows have given birth, their calves are taken away so that they don’t drink the milk and it can be used for humans. Female calves go on to be used for dairy but male calves are often killed or raised as veal. Similarly, with chicks, male chicks are of no use to the egg industry and are often killed immediately. Seine nets are still used to catch fish and often catch many other animals in the process. Many animals such as whales, dolphins and turtles are caught up in the nets and drown. Many cosmetic companies also still test on animals. Although it’s illegal in the UK, they have the products and their ingredients tested abroad and then exported into the UK. You Can Help By going vegan you can help reduce a huge amount of animal suffering. You can find out which companies don’t test on animals and buy only from them. Log onto http://speakfortheanimals.webs.com for information on becoming vegan and buying cruelty-free products. Post Abortion Stress Although not medically recognised, there are many women who suffer from post abortion stress after an abortion. Although for some women, abortion is the right choice, for others, they feel pressured into it or feel they have no other choice and suffer devastating regret afterwards. This site works to get post abortion stress medically recognised, support women suffering from post abortion stress and encourage clinics to assess women before an abortion to ensure they aren't vulnerable to post abortion stress. Visit www.postabortionstressawareness.co.uk for more information. Disease Download http://fightaidsathome.scripps.edu/ and everytime you’re not using your computer, this download will use the power of your computer to help search for a cure for aids when you're not using it. Slavery 40% of our chocolate is made using cocoa that comes from Côte d’Ivoire where children are often kidnapped and sold as slaves to work on the plantations to produce the cocoa. They are treated in appalling conditions. Log onto www.fairchocolate.org to find out which companies ensure their chocolate is slave free and write to those who don’t!
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