International Chief Justice Conference

International Chief Justice

While addressing the eminent jurists, judges, and other dignitaries of various countries of the world on the fourth and concluding day of ’22nd International Chief Justice Conference of the World’ being organized online by City Montessori School, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya said that we are indebted to CMS in its continuous efforts to promote unity, peace, and fraternity in society.

The school has put the city of Lucknow on the world map. In his address delivered on the occasion, Dr. Mahendra Singh, Minister of Jal Shakti and Flood Control, UP, said that India is one of the largest democracies of the world and it has been a forerunner in its mature commitments promoting peace and unity in the world. Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University Prof. Alok Kumar Rai, and the chief justices and legal luminaries as well as political figures from all over the world, also put up their views and called for a New World Order.

On the fourth and concluding day of the conference today, the convener of the ‘International Chief Justice Conference’, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, released the outcome of the four days deliberations of jurists in the form of ‘Lucknow Declaration’ at a press conference held at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium. Dr. Gandhi stated that after four days of intense deliberations and discussions, the jurists and legal luminaries from 50 countries of the world have resolved that they would not rest until a World Government, one World Parliament, and an effective international legal system comes in place. The Lucknow Declaration reads:

REALIZING that global warming and climate change is having an adverse impact on this planet and that the agreement reached at the recently concluded U.N. Climate Change Conference of Parties (CoP 26) to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, is expected to bring some change according to the time frame as per agreements;

Also realizing that Covid-19 has caused unprecedented loss of human lives the world over and the nations are fighting the pandemic with the spirit of cooperation and co-existence with earnest hope to combat it and that more cooperation and research are imperative to meet its bad effect and for any pandemic of such nature in future;

Believing that world peace is of paramount importance for sustainable development so that is this era of globalization, benefits of science, technology, and development reach to the poorest and down-trodden people who are deprived of basic human rights, right to education, health, and sanitation, potable water, shelter and clothing, etc;

Being aware that terrorism and extremism at national and regional levels is inciting war-like situations, either on ideological, religions, political, ethnic, or on some other consideration which imperils    the peace and well-being of every person;

Acknowledging that the United Nations is working for peace, human rights, social uplift, development, and in other fields through its various agencies, but lacks the essential mechanism and authority needed to get decisions of the General Assembly implemented.

NOW THEREFORE, we the Chief Justices, Judges, and legal luminaries at this 22nd International Chief Justice Conference of the World on Article 51 of the Constitution of India, organized virtually by City Montessori School, Lucknow, India, from 19th to 22nd November 2021 do hereby REAFFIRM the Resolutions passed in the previously held conferences of Chief Justices and also affirm the centrality of the Rule of Law and independence of the judiciary, and further RESOLVE:-

1.         That the Heads of State and Heads of Government of all countries of the World be urged:-

             (a)  to take concrete steps to move the world body for review of the U.N. Charter as required in the Charter itself so as to strengthen the authority, prestige, and power of the United Nations;

             (b)  to deliberate on the   present global problems and issues by holding a high-level meeting of Heads of State/Government and to work for the establishment of an effective global governance structure for sustainable world order and for democratically elected World Parliament to enact enforceable world law, leading to the establishment of world executive and World Court of Justice;

             (c)  to take urgent steps to check/reduce global warming as required in agreements in international conferences’

             (d) to take steps for introducing instructions in citizenship education, peace education, and cross-cultural understanding in all schools of their country which will produce global citizens.

2.          That the United Nations be urged:-

             (a)  to expedite review of the U.N. Charter, including reform of the Security Council.

             (b)  to make efforts for the prevention of terrorism, extremism, and war and for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

             (c)  to consider the efficacy of the establishment of an International Anti-Corruption Court.

3.          That Members of world Judiciary be urged

             (a)  to promote respect for the dignity of persons which is the basis of all fundamental human rights and fundamental freedoms; and

             (b)  to motivate respective national governments to take steps to introduce citizenship education in all schools.

Also RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be sent to all Heads of State/Government and Chief Justices of the World and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations organizations for consideration and appropriate action.

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