PREVENTION OF WAR
We recognize that states cannot seek security at each other’s expense. We advocate “non-offensive defence”, allowing nations to protect their sovereign territory, and train their forces for peace-keeping activities, but dispensing with offensive activities beyond their borders.
We support the concept of the United Nations (UN), especially its roles in war-prevention, non-violent conflict resolution, promotion of global equity and environmental sustainability. We also support the concept of International Law, developed within and beyond the UN.
We advocate democratization and other reforms of the UN to improve its ability to perform these functions, and to allow enhanced and rapid response, under International Law, in areas of potential and actual violent conflict, whether inter- or intra-national.
With respect to intra-national social conflict, we support the use of every possible option for non-violent resolution, and encourage research and initiatives for peaceful solutions. We ask that any outside intervention be done only according to International Law and that other nations avoid interfering in any way which might exacerbate the conflict.
We support the ‘core principles’ and the ‘principles for military intervention’ outlined in the report Responsibility to Protect of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty.
We support the concept of peace-through-health believing that initiatives aimed at improving the health of populations can also raise that population’s level of peace and security.