Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury – The Bottom line is everyone’s Human Rights, “UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Article 28 of the UDHR”

Posted on October 18, 2011

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The Bottom line is everyone’s Human Rights,UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Article 28 of the UDHR” for

Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury; we are reminded in a recent visit to Honolulu and with his continued commitment to each of us of a challenge created beyond the decade and original declarations.

The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh and the former President of the United Nations Security Council; Amb. Chowdhury pursued the vital role of the presiding officer of that body; and as the president he headed the delegation from the Security Council member states on one of the most important endeavors – “Human Rights” creating the dialogue for “UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Article 28 of the UDHR” (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice).

Most noted for his work on development in the poorest nations, global peace and championing the rights of women and children. In a speech he gave in 2005, Mr. Chowdhury stated, “We should not forget that when women are marginalized, there is little chance for an open and participatory society.”

In his former role as the leading UN Culture of Peace emissary, he said in May 2010 that peace efforts would continually fail until people embraced humanity’s oneness. He emphasized the responsibility and the role everyone in our civil society has in shaping the political climate and promoting the campaign for the human right to peace and security. The role of formal and non-formal peace education at all levels must also be emphasized as essential in contributing toward the necessary changes in worldviews, attitudes and behaviors that can lead toward the personal, social and political transformations that would make a culture of peace possible. He continued with great concern of how we underutilized and undervalued the contribution women can make to preventing war, to building peace and security and to bringing individuals and societies back in harmony is necessary in poverty eradication and development of humanity as a whole.

The bottom line for all of us is the “UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Article 28 of the UDHR” and for Ambassador Chowdhury, “Ten years of expectation and exasperation has to end! Anniversaries are good to lift the spirit and energize us. But the time to act was yesterday!” The core focus of this action is, a women’s participation at all levels of decision making and thereby structure the peace and security in a way that there is no recurrence of war and conflict. That is why women need to be at the peace and security tables, women need to be involved in the decision-making and in the peace and security-keeping teams, particularly as civilians to make a real difference in transitioning from the cult of war to the culture of peace and security.

He also stated that a major concern emerging from various groups and studies is that the themes most frequently referenced in country-specific resolutions by the Security Council tend to refer to women as victims rather than as active agents in the peace building and security process, such as in governance, peace negotiations, and post-conflict peace and security building. It should be realized by the Council and the world that women are not just a vulnerable group, but, more importantly, they are knowledgeable, vital and empowering as well.  To watch the Pathways to Paradise TV Show with Amb. Chowdhury speech on equality and the importance of Women given at the University of Hawaii click on the link : http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=30&clip_id=20644

http://www.un.org/events/res_1325e.pdf

http://www.udhr.org/udhr/ART28.HTM  Commentary by Tina Quizon

Executive TV/Radio Producer Pathways to Paradise Hawaii

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