Resolution on Peace

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     by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA
                     January 1996

                 Resolution on Peace

(submitted by the Japanese Consumers' Co-operative  Union)

The Centennial Congress of the ICA, at its meeting in Manchester in
September 1995, reaffirming its own efforts for world peace:

RECALLS   that the ICA Rules call upon member organisations to "contribute
to international peace and security", and that it is now 50 years since the
end of the Second World War, which brought the greatest destruction in the
history of mankind;

GRIEF     over the fact that armed conflicts in numerous parts of the world
still sacrifice a large number of people, including innocent women and

CONCERN   about their hindering effects on economic and social progress,
not only in those areas but also in the whole world, thus jeopardising
global peace and the environment;

DECLARES  the will of co-operators worldwide to make efforts to create a
peaceful world, and their prayers for early solutions to these problems;

SUPPORTS  the Resolution adopted by the World Summit for Social
Development, held in Copenhagen in March 1995, on the "20/20" initiatives
for reducing the growing gaps between rich and poor nations;

CONFIRMS  the actual contributions which the co-operative movement is
making to promote the increased participation of women at the 4th World
Conference on Women, to be held in Beijing in September 1995, and to
support the development of affordable housing at the UN Conference on Human
Settlement (Habitat II), to be held in Istanbul in June 1996;

RECOGNISES  the importance of following up on the themes of these
Conferences in each country, and to this end the necessity of disarmament,
protection of human rights, and elimination of disparity and discrimination
of all kinds;

WELCOMES  a series of peace initiatives taken by the UN General Assembly,
including the Resolution adopted on 2 November 1994 concerning the
convening of the 4th UN Special Session on Disarmament, and the Resolution
adopted on 15 December 1994 requesting an advisory opinion from the
International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of
nuclear weapons;

URGES     co-operators in the world to make efforts by various means for
the success of the UN Special Session on Disarmament towards overall
disarmament, the early elimination of nuclear weapons, and the
establishment of a non-violent world; and

FURTHER ASKS  member organisations to disseminate the above-mentioned ICA
peace initiatives in each country, and to contribute to creating a climate
for world peace through the mobilisation of public opinion.