Hague Appeal for Peace

 

Hague Appeal for Peace Resounding Success: 10,000 Call for the Abolition of War "I hope that this gathering is only the beginning of a movement that will lead, finally, to a collective decision to give peace a chance at the beginning of what can be humanity's most promising millennium." - Jimmy Carter From May 10-15, 1999, 10,000 people from over 100 countries came together in The Hague, Netherlands to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Hague Peace Conference and issue a call for the abolition of war and a fifty point agenda on how to achieve this goal. The Hague Appeal for Peace conference hosted 400 workshops and  included notable peacemakers including Jody Williams, Desmond Tutu, Josť Ramos Horta, Joseph Rotblat and Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Among the many other guests who attended and addressed the conference were UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the heads of UNESCO, UNIFEM and UNICEF, Queen Noor of Jordan, and Prime Ministers Wim Kok of the Netherlands and Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh. The conference launched a visionary but practically based final document, The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century, which will serve as a guide for groups and individuals working on the global campaign to abolish war. Prime Minister Hasina pledged to send the Agenda to all world leaders. LCNP, represented by Peter Weiss, Saul Mendlovitz, John Burroughs, Alyn Ware, Anabel Dwyer and Jonathan Granoff, organized and participated in numerous workshops, panels, press conferences and other presentations on topics including nuclear disarmament, the right to peace, international law, conflict resolution, citizen inspections and Global Action to Prevent War. Two of  LCNP's events, the play A Clown, A Hammer, A Bomb and God , and the release of the book Security and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention , were among the highlights of the conference. The Hague conference was artistically and culturally spectacular as well as intellectually inspiring. Banners, posters, art and photo exhibitions, as well as musicians, dancers and other performance artists thronged the halls and workshop spaces, and the conference wound up with a dance party DJ'd by Alyn Ware. As Emma Goldman said (though not at this conference), "If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution."

Ben Roberts in "A Clown, A Hammer, A Bomb and God", performed at the Hague Peace Conference  
    See more about the play at: www.users.interport.net/~danmk/clown.htm
 

Hague Agenda: UN Document! On June 23, 1999, The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century (the action plan discussed and launched at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference) was distributed as a UN document (document reference A/54/98). It is available in the six official United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. It can be viewed on the UN website, www.un.org , or the Hague Appeal For Peace website, www.haguepeace.org  

 

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