Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)
- Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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A statement to the Rio +20 Conference
by Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants, (CURE)
in special consultative status with ECOSOC
Sustainability of development requires institutional frameworks based on a firm foundation in those social developments which emphasize human rights and promote the common good. Institutions must be structured to encourage multitudes of partnerships for empowerments of those living in poverty, through cooperation.
Some of the key social-development antidotes to corrosion of development and return of poverty are: a social protection floor, decent work, and social services that facilitate them. Foundational social-services include quality programs in health, education, and criminal-justice. Programs to enable all people to have a voice to participate in the social, economic, environmental and political life of the neighborhood, local government, and national government are imperative.
Social Protection Floor
Sustainability depends on a minimal level of social protection against economic collapse and natural disasters. Everyone should be able to access at least basic health, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services. The Social Protection Floor, sponsored by the International Labor Organization and the World Health Organization, is a key vehicle.
A sustained economy needs a sustained, healthy population. This includes combating diseases such as AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis that particularly affect those living in poverty, by implementing the necessary immunization, education and other programmes, and by training health practitioners to identify and treat such illnesses.
Often neglected, is the provision of treatments for drug addiction and for those who are mentally ill, which can be major corrosive problems among those living in poverty.
Agriculture is particularly vital in many developing countries, and the pay-back from investment can be particularly impressive, if oriented to building a sustainable environment.
We urge the creation of structures of participation that permit dialogue between small farmers, scientists, agribusiness and NGOs to explore technology transfer, and sustainable agricultural practices to improve productivity while restoring the soil and the natural environment.
We urge the development of national and local agricultural policy and implementation plans with budget allocations that address infrastructure ? irrigation, farm machinery, transport, storage facilities, etc. to empower small scale farmers, many of whom are women, to produce and market food.
The strength of the society is directly related to the quality of its education resources. Education must develop the whole person, including respect for community and participation in its function.
Since the most important factor in improving education is ensuring that the teachers are properly trained, motivated, and supervised, care for the training and compensation of teachers are of first importance.
Job training aimed at decent work in productive areas that are known to need skilled workers should be a high priority. Development of a green economy depends on the integration of green philosophy and technology in the educational system. Training in small business management and microfinance are valuable additions to empower new and sustainable business capability.
We recommend that States expand justice systems, including mediation and other non-formal dispute resolution mechanisms, in accordance with human rights standards. We further recommend use of restorative justice approaches and community service to restore harmony within the community as opposed to incarceration as punishment.
The family is the core unit of society; hence violence within the family is particularly destructive. The legal rights of women and children must be clear and unambiguous. Laws against domestic violence must be fully enforced, bearing in mind that restorative practices, education, and counseling are appropriate in these cases.
We recommend that all justice and prison systems further organize and support, as a primary and priority function, programs to rehabilitate and reintegrate offenders as contributing members of society.