1994 International Year of the Family

1994 International Year of the Family

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

RECOGNIZES with thanksgiving in the United Nations International Year of the Family progress documented by UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children (1994) report in such areas as literacy, health and nutrition;

PROCLAIMS the biblical definition of the family, a permanent, monogamous, heterosexual union, as the original divine plan for family life which must continue to serve as foundation and ideal for an ordered and effective society.

ACKNOWLEDGES that since family life is under threat in all cultures, Christians must ensure effective marriage preparation, teach family members to communicate with each other, provide relevant models of parenting and benefit from the wisdom of the older generation of Christians;

VIEWS WITH ALARM the consequences for the nurture of family life, of the deteriorating situation of women, many of whom suffer from such difficulties as poor health care, lack of clean and safe water, illiteracy, domestic violence and sexual slavery, as documented in the Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department report Women 1994;

LAMENTS the agony of millions of the world’s children caused by disease, malnutrition, poverty, child prostitution, sex tourism, slavery, abuse and war;

URGES the world Baptist family to mark this Year by taking action on behalf of the women of the world following the examples of ministries cited in Women 1994;

IMPLORES above all that we give children first call on our compassion and resources, committing ourselves to prayer, research, actions which seek universal ratification of the United Nations Convention

on the Rights of the Child with implementation of its provisions and saying “Yes” to God who gives first place to children.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), pp. 116-117.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3 1994 International Year of the Family; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3).

1994 International Year of the Family

Resolution on “Conflict Minerals”

BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3

AWARE that for 15 years the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been embroiled in war, with an estimated 5,400,000 having died due to the war and its effects and with an estimated 45,000 dying each month in eastern Congo from disease and hunger resulting from the ongoing conflict;

HORRIFIED that the conflict has fueled an epidemic of sexual violence – so much so that eastern Congo is now the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman or a girl because armed militias from all sides of the conflict use rape or other forms of abuse as a deliberate strategy to intimidate and control local populations; and

CONCERNED that one of the primary causes of the atrocities and conflicts in eastern Congo is greed for access to, and control of, the region’s vast mineral resources because seventy percent (70%) of the minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold) needed for cell phones and laptops are found only in eastern Congo. We recognize that our dependence upon electronics that utilize these metals creates the demand that drives the greed.

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, July 4-9, 2011: RESOLVES to:

ADVOCATE with companies with which we do business for our cell phones and computers to work to create conflict-free supply chains and a conflict-free mining sector in eastern Congo;

ENGAGE in actions that encourage companies and individuals trading in minerals from eastern Congo to work for peace and promote justice in the region;

WORK for the resolution of the conflict in eastern Congo, and the elimination of rape and other forms of abuse as tools of war in eastern Congo; and

CALL on the worldwide Baptist family to pray for peace to be restored to eastern Congo and the adjoining regions; and on the African Union, the United Nations, and regional governments, including the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to address the problem of “conflict minerals,” and to restore peace and security in the region of eastern Congo.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3 Resolution on “Conflict Minerals”

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011), pp. 133- 134.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3 Resolution on “Conflict Minerals”; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3).