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[SHARE] Climate change among the top three risks to stability, says 2019 Global Risks Report

Jul 2019 - News

Click here to read the article. The introductory text: According to the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Risks Report, climate change is among the top three risks to political, economic, and social stability in the decade ahead. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July—which includes a review of progress on Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 13 on climate action—and the Climate Action Summit in September, are important opportunities to seriously assess the work being done to address climate risks. Read more... [Quotation]

[SHARE] Climate change now recognised as threat to peace

Jun 2019 - News

Click here to read the article. For the first time, the annual report of the Institute for Economics and Peace has recognised the risk to peace posed by global warming. See page 43 of the Global Peace Index 2019 report. Read more... [Quotation]

Toda presenters attend Pacific Resliience Meeting

May 2019 - News

At the beginning of May, Volker Boege, the Toda Peace Institute’s Senior Research Fellow working on climate change, peace and conflict in the Pacific, travelled to Suva, Fiji, for the first ‘Pacific Resilience Meeting’ (PRM). This conference was organized by the Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP), the umbrella implementation mechanism for the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP). The theme of this inaugural PRM was ‘Youth Futures in a Resilient Pacific’. From 1-3 May, more than 300 practitioners, policy-makers and academics from around the Pacific and overseas met at the Suva campus of the University of the South Pacific to discuss the experiences and the lessons learned in implementing the FRDP, explore options for collaboration and identify avenues for more focused resilience action in the interest of the countries and people(s) of the region. The European Union’s ‘Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative’ (GCCA+) was a co-organiser of the PRM, responsible for several of its sessions. GCCA+ had invited Volker to present in a session titled ‘The Climate Security Nexus in the Pacific’. Volker talked about ‘Climate Change and Conflict in Oceania’. Other presenters in the session were Jane Neilson from the New Zealand Ministry of Defence and Upolu Luma Vaai, the Principal of the Pacific Theological College in Suva. Jane and Upolu are both members of Toda’s network of experts which emerged from last year’s workshop in Auckland on climate change and conflict in Oceania. Jane gave a presentation on ‘New Zealand Defence Assessment on Climate Change: The importance of culture and collaboration in mitigating security concerns’, and Upolu on ‘Oceanic Spirituality, Eco-relational Consciousness, and Climate Security’. The three presentations approached the issue of climate change, conflict, peace and security from different, but complementary perspectives. This was highly appreciated by the 60-plus participants of the session, as demonstrated by the lively discussion that followed the presentations and the positive feedback received by the organisers after the session. The problem of climate change induced migration and (potential for) violent conflict figured prominently in the session’s debate. The session put ‘climate change and conflict/security’ on the agenda of GCCA+ and PRP, and it can be expected that this issue will be pursued further in the future. The session was also an opportunity to present the ‘Toda Oceania Declaration on Climate Change, Conflict and Peace’ to a broad variety of stakeholders working on climate change, adaptation and resilience in the Pacific. The session’s discussions are reflected in the PRM Outcomes Statement which reaffirmed the “need for urgent action at all levels to (….) respond to the social, economic, environmental and security impacts of climate change”, and which urged “the engagement of all partners in addressing issues of climate-driven and disaster-induced displacement and planned relocation, drawing on an improved understanding of diverse community needs, experiences, knowledge, capacity and perspectives”.

[SHARE] Dr. Lisa Schirch: Response to 'Christchurch Call' must define violent extremism, include civil society

May 2019 - News

Click here to read the article. The Christchurch Call is a laudable, necessary initiative with two significant problems. First, it lacks a definition for violent extremism. A civil society counter-statement to the Christchurch Call asserts that, without a definition of violent extremism, vague calls for censorship make it more likely that abusive governments will censor human rights activists or minority groups under the guise of preventing terrorism... Read more... [Quotation]

[SHARE] Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to lead global attempt to shutdown social media terrorism

Apr 2019 - News

Click here to read the article. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron will next month co-chair a meeting in Paris aimed at addressing how social media plays a part in promoting terrorism... Read more... [Quotation]