June 23, 2009 by cgsstlouischapter

                                                by Yvonne Logan

   On May 9, 2009 Partners for Global Change participated in a conference phone call arranged by our national CGS office in Washington.  It was a very informative report and discussion on the Law of the Sea Treaty (officially the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea – UNCLOS).  The treaty has been recommended for Senate ratification by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations twice in the last six years, and is now again on the desk of Senator Kerry, chair of the committee.  The administration hasn’t yet taken a position (and needs to do so).  Hearings are to be held next month.  The Committee will probably support ratification.  To be sure that is comes to a vote, we in CGS need to support our Democratic Senators as well as Republican Senator Richard Lugar.  He is supporting ratification despite opposition from some Republicans and our old “friends,” the John Birch Society and the Heritage Foundation, who automatically oppose any kind of international regulation of anything.

   The European Union plus 157 other nations are now governed by the Law of the Sea Treaty.  As a non-ratifier the U.S. cannot have any say on important legal issues being discussed like rules about offshore drilling, about factory ships, about ocean pollution, about mining of seabed minerals, about depletion of fisheries, and so on.
    Don Kraus, our national CEO, asks us to help push this important treaty on the Oceans over the finish line.  We can use the CGS web-site as well as contacting the President and Senators by phone or letters or faxes.  He also suggests making a contribution to CGS to assist in carrying out the battle.  Kraus said, “If the Senate will not accede to this convention now, how can we expect them to support ratification of the backlog of other multilateral treaties waiting for a vote including the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Women’s Convention (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Biodiversity Treaty, the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, and many others?”



Coming Events

Saturday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. - WILPF Fundraiser at The Chapel Sanctuary for the Arts, 6238 Alexander Drive, St. Louis MO 63105 (one block south of Wydown just west of Skinker Boulevard). The main stage entertainment will be Mississippi Crossing, a blues/jazz folk band which includes Dan Hellinger and Joann Eng-Hellinger. There will be a silent auction with many artistic offerings and the opportunity to have artists paint a significant design on any woven material (not knit) you want painted such as a jacket or pillow.

Saturday, May 12, 10:15 a.m. - CGS/STL Board of Officers & Directors meets at World Community Center, 438 No. Skinner Boulevard, 63130. The meeting is open to all. Note that the meeting date is back to the second Saturday of the month in accord with the usual schedule of the second Saturdays of odd-numbered months. Sunday, May 20, 3:00 p.m. - CGS/STL Annual meeting at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, 63117. David Gallup, President and Chief Counsel of the World Service Authority, will be speaking on “What Are the Two Most Important Questions of the 21st Century?” The annual business meeting will include the election of officers and board members for the coming year and will be followed by the usual optional buffet turkey or vegetarian dinner.

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