Architects and Ekisticians for Peace In The Middle East

Sign a petition calling for a ceasefire in the Middle East, urging all the political leaders to search for a lasting peace.

The following is a message from Prof. Akhtar Chauhan.

ARCHITECTS AND EKISTICIANS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

There is a need for long term and permanent solution to the issues, which mere ceasefire is not going to solve. I am a strong believer in finding creative solutions to the issues. The problem has arisen due to artificial creation of nations at the end of World War II by the victors. Since then thousands have died and millions have suffered due to on going conflicts in the Middle East.

The forces of peace need to unite and find creative and acceptable solutions to the issues. We do not have much time. We are on the verge of a conflict that may grow into World War III if the forces of peace do not act urgently and decisively.

One of the solutions lies in a regional collaborative framework, which encompasses Palestine, Israel and Lebanon. All the three religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam, preach good neighbourliness, love and care for fellow human beings and prohibit violence and killing of any innocent human being.

Based on this common understanding there is a need to go beyond the nation statesand work out an out of the box solution in the regional co-operation or a confederation of nations with an economic union. Let people of all faiths live together in peace and let there not be any further violence and killing of innocent children, women, men, elders and animals. We call for immediate ceasefire leading to a permanent peace.

It is upto us the forces of peace to press for it successfully before the forces of violence turn the world into one living hell. We need to spread the good ideas for permanent solution to the crisis in the Middle East. From the Architects and Ekisticians for Peace to the Citizens for Peace, Now! Spread the good idea among your friends, today!

It may seem like a dream to many but I am convinced that that is the way out, the permanent solution, which will please the Almighty Allah. May Allah bless the people of the world with peace, harmony and sustainable development. Ameen.

Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements

1. We, the Heads of State or Government and the official delegations of countries assembled at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul, Turkey from 3 to 14 June 1996, take this opportunity to endorse the universal goals of ensuring adequate shelter for all and making human settlements safer, healthier and more liveable, equitable, sustainable and productive. Our deliberations on the two major themes of the Conference – adequate shelter for all and sustainable human settlements development in an urbanizing world – have been inspired by the Charter of the United Nations and are aimed at reaffirming existing and forging new partnerships for action at the international, national and local levels to improve our living environment. We commit ourselves to the objectives, principles and recommendations contained in the Habitat Agenda and pledge our mutual support for its implementation.

2. We have considered, with a sense of urgency, the continuing deterioration of conditions of shelter and human settlements. At the same time, we recognize cities and towns as centres of civilization, generating economic development and social, cultural, spiritual and scientific advancement. We must take advantage of the opportunities presented by our settlements and preserve their diversity to promote solidarity among all our peoples.

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The Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements

The Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, known as the Habitat I conference when the agency was created at the first major United Nations conference on human settlements in Vancouver, Canada, 31 May – 11 June 1976.

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HABITAT: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements,

Aware that the Conference was convened following recommendation of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and subsequent resolutions of the General Assembly, particularly resolution 3128 (XXVIII) by which the nations of the world expressed their concern over the extremely serious condition of human settlements, particularly that which prevails in developing countries,

Recognizing that international co-operation, based on the principles of the United Nations Charter. has to be developed and strengthened in order to provide solutions for world problems and to create an international community based on equity, justice and solidarity.

Recalling the decisions of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, as well as the recommendations of the World Population Conference, the United Nations World Food Conference, the Second General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Conference of the International Women’s Year; the Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the sixth special session of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties or States that establish the basis of the New International Economic Order,

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Lahore Declaration of Architects 2006

We the Architects,

of this region in general, and Pakistan in particular,

gathered in Architects’ Convention 2006 in the city of Lahore,

on the invitation of the Institute of Architects Pakistan – Lahore Chapter,

Having deliberated for last three days the grave and imminent emerging issues that confront us in the Country and in our region,

And realizing that, we cannot remain isolated in our concerns, which require immediate solutions, some of them beyond Architecture;

And further realizing that, in order to preserve, protect, and enhance the lifestyle of our people;



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