GPFT ARMOIRIES                                                                          GPFT- GRAND PRIEURE DE FRANCE DU TEMPLE

                                                                  Membre fondateur de l' OSMTH *
                                                       (Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem)
                        Organisation Non Gouvernementale à statut consultatif spécial aux Nations Unies (ECOSOC N°19885)
                     Membre du D.P.I. / ONU et du CoNGO (Conférence des ONG à statut consultatif)
                Membre du Conseil d'Administration du Bureau International de la Paix (Prix Nobel 1910)
                             Membre de la Plateforme des Droits Fondamentaux de l'Union Européenne

 * OSMTH : Ordre International régi en France par la loi sur les Associations et représenté exclusivement par le GPFT

                                                             XIIIème SESSION DU CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L'HOMME -

1er Mars au 20 mars 2010 - ONU GENEVE

Textes des deux déclarations écrites cosignée par l'OSMTH : ils sont maintenant disponibles sur le site officiel de l'ONU et du Conseil des Droits de l'Homme, avec les références:

A/HRC/13/NGO/93 et A/HRC/13/NGO/94  .



1er Mars au 13 Mars 2010 - et 21 Février- 3 mars 2011 ONU NEW YORK

Nous avons participé à de nombreuses réunions de travail sur des thèmes aussi variés que le retentissement climatique, les relations religion/statut de la femme, l'amélioration du statut de la femme, etc..

Nous avons de même participé aux travaux du sous comité des ONG sur le retentissement climatique sur la condition féminine, au comité des ONG sur le statut de la femme, ..

Au cours de la LVème session, nous avons rédigé et présenté une déclaration Orale,  que 8 autres ONG ont co-signées. Au nombre de ces 8 autres ONG,on retrouve  des ONG de confessions diverses ( Chrétienne, Musulmane et Juive) . Par aileurs, l'OSMTH a organisé un "parallel event".


Nous avons  présenté au cours de la 6ème session de l'Advisory Council,  un texte intitulé "Managing resources to give Peace and Humankind a chance" ( référence ONU N°: A/HRC/AC/6/NGO/1 )


Joint NGO Statement


The 14th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (31 May-18 June 2010)


Agenda Item 3

Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including the Right to Development



1)     Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE)

2)     Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS)

3)     Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (OSMTH)

4)     North South XXI

5)     Fundación Intervida


Thank you Mr. President,  Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


I speak on behalf of 10 organizations.

The human family and natural world are facing an unprecedented crisis threatening human survival and the ecosystem balance upon which we rely. Since 1993, after the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) 1) was opened for signature, only 83 countries have ratified it.


More than two-thirds of the Earth’s biological diversity is located within 17 countries containing most of the world’s indigenous peoples’ traditional territories.  From a traditional and spiritual approach to life, the health of all people is deeply intertwined with the health of their environment. Stewardship and biodiversity lies at the heart of many cultural values as it supports essential ecosystem functions. The link should also be noted between poverty and environmental degradation and human rights such as the rights to a healthy environment, to food and water, and to housing.


By reaffirming the cultural perspective, culture being the set of distinctive spiritual, ethical, material, intellectual and emotional features of society encompasses in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, value systems, traditions and beliefs2)


2010: International Year of Biodiversity3) is marked to save the world’s ecosystems. The Louisiana coast oil spill has again highlighted issues related to ecosystems and climate. We call for stricter regulations for the oil industry to address safety and outsourcing issues. The company’s offer to pay partly for clean-up and damages stands in contrast to the oil spill in the Amazon 16 years ago when the livelihoods and health of over 30 indigenous communities were imperilled and 1000s of acres of once pristine rainforests devastated.  This surpassed the Exxon Valdez spill by millions of gallons and damaged an area with high biodiversity.  Ecuador is still awaiting remediation from that oil company.


We underline the need for corporations to adopt an ethical code of conduct, to have a policy of transparency, and integrity, to respect the biological and cultural concerns and livelihoods of people in areas where they operate, to provide just remediation treating all affected equally. A number of Conventions and Treaties exist in this regard4). We urge the Council to increase attention to the impact of corporate conduct on cultural rights with reference to human rights law and other relevant legal instruments that help protect these rights.


Thank you Mr President.






1) Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force on 29 December 1993 - http://www.cbd.int/

Related: Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 – http://gbo3.cbd.int/


2)  Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity adopted by UNESCO on 2 November 2001


3) SG/SM/12695 – ENV/DEV/1105 – OBV/848  : http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2010/sgsm12695.doc.htm


4) Article 10(1) of the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (Stockholm, May 22, 2001) [12] aims at "protecting human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants."  The treaty provides that each Party shall, within its capabilities, promote and facilitate provision to the public of all available information on persistent organic pollutants and ensure that the public has access to public information and that the information is kept up-to-date (Art.10 (1)(b) and (2)). Educational and public awareness programs are to be developed especially for women, children and the least educated.  Parties are to make accessible to the public on a timely and regular basis the results of their research, development and monitoring activities pertaining to persistent organic pollutants. (Art. 11). Parties that exchange information pursuant to the Convention shall protect any confidential information, but information on health and safety of humans and the environment shall not be regarded as confidential  (Art.9 (5))


4) Drafted under the auspices of the UNECE and adopted in the months prior to Rio, the Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (Helsinki, March 17, 1992), [18] was the first international treaty to contain the three procedural environmental rights: information, participation and access to remedies (Art.9).


4) Convention on Civil Liability for Damage Resulting from Activities Dangerous to the Environment.


4) Energy Charter Treaty (Lisbon, December 17, 1994), Art. 19(1)(i) and 20, EMuT, 994:93.  Article 19(1)(f) calls on parties to promote public awareness of the Environmental Impacts of energy systems, of the scope for the prevention or abatement of their adverse Environmental Impacts, and of the costs associated with various prevention or abatement measures ; while paragraph "i" calls for promoting the transparent assessment at an early stage and prior to decision, and subsequent monitoring, of Environmental Impacts of environmentally significant energy investment projects. 


4) Aarhus Convention: This requires that each state party establish mandatory systems to obtain information on proposed and existing activities that could significantly affect the environment.   This provision is clearly aimed at the private sector and is supplemented by Article 5(6) which requires states parties to encourage operators whose activities have a significant impact on the environment to inform the public regularly of the environmental impact of their activities and products, through eco-labeling, eco-auditing or similar means.


4) ILO Convention No. 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries (Geneva, June 27, 1989) contains numerous references to the lands, resources, and environment of indigenous peoples.  Article 2 provides that actions respecting indigenous peoples shall be developed with the participation of the peoples concerned.  Special measures are to be adopted for safeguarding the environment of such peoples consistent with their freely-expressed wishes (Art. 4). States parties must consult indigenous peoples (Art. 6) and provide for their participation in formulating national and regional development plans that may affect them (Art. 7).  Environmental impact assessment must be done of planned development activities with the cooperation of the peoples concerned (Art. 7(3)) and "Governments shall take measures, in cooperation with the peoples concerned, to protect and preserve the environment of the territories they inhabit." (Art. 7(4)).  Rights to remedies are provided in Article 12.  Part II of the Convention addresses land issues, including the rights of the peoples concerned to the natural resources pertaining to their lands.  The rights include "the right to participate in the use, management and conservation of these resources."  (Art. 15).  Article 30 requires the governments to make known to the peoples concerned their rights and duties. 

 Separate sheet


This statement reflects discussions among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) facilitated by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), Geneva.




6)     Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE)


Date de dernière mise à jour : 30/10/2011