While Japan continues to campaign for a Ministry for Peace [See: http://ministryofpeace.jp/english/index.html] , Costa Rica has become the third country in the world to form one. See announcement below.
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From: Peter Prontzos <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 18:20:25 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: COSTA RICA DECLARES A MINISTER OF PEACE
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The Costa Rica Congress has passed the Bill creating the Ministry of Justice and
Peace and becomes the third country to have such a Minister. The others are
Nepal and the small Pacific island nation of the Solomon Islands. The Nepalese
Minister of Peace and Reconstruction will speak at the Global Alliance Summit
for Ministries and Departments of Peace in Costa Rica, September 17-21, 2009,
and, of course, we anticipate that the new Costa Rica minister will speak also.
Congratulations are due to Rita Marie Johnson and her team at the Rasur
Foundation, the principal NGO voice for a Minister of Peace, who worked for 3
years on this project. She has particularly noted that holding the Global
Alliance Summit in CR accelerated and added impetus to the passing of this Bill.
The Global Alliance has shown its ability to assist in moving forward our
objective to create ministers of peace in all nations.
In Japan, where the 3rd Summit was held in September 2007, that Summit assisted
in the further strengthening of the threatened Article 9 in the Japanese
Constitution, the article that prevents Japan from acting as a belligerent
against any other nation and renounces war as a vehicle of resolving conflict.
To date, despite considerable pressure from the US and the wishes of the
conservative parties in Japan, Article 9 remains intact as a model clause for
every nation's constitution.
Please circulate this good news widely and consider joining our strong Canadian
delegation of 9 delegates to date to the Costa Rica Summit.
Saul Arbess, Co-chair
Canadian Department of Peace Initiative(CDPI)