Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War, Tokyo, May 2008
The Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War was held in Tokyo, Japan from May 4-6 2008.
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution renounces war and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes. Further, it prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and other war potential. Article 9 is not just a provision of Japanese law; it can also act as an international peace mechanism that can be adopted by other states tomaintain peace throughout the world.
The Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War strives to build an international movement supporting Article 9 as a shared property of the world, and calls for a global peace that does not rely on force.
The Conference was a major component of the Global Article 9 campaign which builds on the foundations of the UN Charter and is a step further in the evolution of international norms towards maintaining world peace, and not allowing the use of force. With the participation of Nobel Peace laureates, intellectuals, cultural figures and NGO activists, the conference was a forum for dialogue and discussion on the role that citizens of the world can play to realize the principles of Article 9, through promoting disarmament, demilitarization and a culture of peace.