Draft Platform for Action
E. Advance peace, promote conflict resolution and reduce the impact of armed or other conflict on women
Strategic objective E.2. [Reduce military expenditures and control the availability of armaments] [Reduce and eliminate the availability of instruments of violence against women]

Actions to be taken

145. By Governments:

(a) Increase and hasten, as appropriate, subject to national security considerations, the conversion of military resources and related industries to [development/peaceful] purposes;

(b) Undertake to explore new ways of generating new public and private financial resources, inter alia, through the appropriate reduction of excessive military expenditures, including global military expenditures, trade in arms and investment in arms production and acquisition, taking into consideration national security requirements, so as to permit the possible allocation of additional funds for social and economic development, [in particular for the advancement of women];

(c) [[Submit data to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms and consider expanding the Register to widen the scope of weapons covered] [Improve the universality of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms as an effective measure for building confidence at the global level [and include in their annual reports information on military holdings and procurement through national production]. Register, and ultimately eliminate, offensive weapons development, production, deployment and sales and, as a first step, expand the [United Nations Register of Conventional Arms to include production and marketing], making reporting obligatory, and to include all types of weapons, such as nuclear, chemical and biological weapons];

(d) [Recognize and address the dangers to society of armed conflict, the excessive production of and illicit trade in arms, linked to money- laundering and the sale of arms that are particularly injurious or have indiscriminate effects, terrorism, violence, crime, the production and use of and trafficking in illicit drugs and trafficking in women and children.] While acknowledging legitimate national defence needs, the dangers to society of armed conflict and the negative effect of excessive military expenditures, trade in arms, especially those arms that are particularly injurious or have indiscriminate effects, and excessive investment in arms production and acquisition should be recognized and addressed. Similarly, the need to combat illicit arms trafficking, violence, crime, the production and use of and trafficking in illicit drugs, and trafficking in women and children should be recognized;

(e) [Immediately adopt/Consider the adoption of a moratorium on the export and planting of anti-personnel land-mines, and facilitate the transfer of mine clearance technology without restriction or discrimination; undertake to destroy current stockpiles of anti-personnel land-mines; promote assistance in mine clearance, in particular to promote scientific research aimed at rapid advancement of mine detection and clearance technology; and consider ratifying the 1981 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects 24/ and the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby Traps and Other Devices 24/ (Protocol II);]

(f) [Promote the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons.]


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