News & Announcements

Director’s Comment on the Assassination of Shinzo Abe

Jul 2022 - News

  Shinzo Abe 1954-2022                                             Image Credit: Anthony Quintano/Flickr The Toda Peace Institute is shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the assassination  of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister. This act of senseless violence has no place anywhere, and it is incomprehensible that it happened in such a peace loving and safe country like Japan. We hope that Japan’s reputation as a peaceful, nonviolent nation will be restored and maintained. Our sympathies are with Shinzo Abe’s family and the Japanese people at this time.   Kevin P. ClementsDirector, Toda Peace Institute

The Nuclear Ban Treaty Book Launch

Jul 2022 - News

A recording of the launch of the volume The Nuclear Ban Treaty: A Transformational Reframing of the Global Nuclear Order has been released. The book was launched as part of a workshop hosted by Toda Peace Institute and Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation on 24 June 2022. The launch was attended by workshop participants and 170 online participants. Presentations were made by Ambassador Alexander Kmentt and the volume’s editor Ramesh Thakur, followed by Q&A. View the presentations and discussion here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k-ho2mg5hE&t=605s  

Toda's Work Highlighted on UNDP's 'Catching the Last Wave'

Jun 2022 - News

Toda Senior Research Fellow, Dr Volker Boege, was recently interviewed for the UNDP’s 'Catching the last wave’ podcast on climate change, peace and conflict in the Pacific. Listen here to the whole conversation in which Volker gives an overview of Toda’s activities and focus in this area. 26’58” https://www.undp.org/pacific/news/catching-last-wave-volker-boege Image: Willyam Bradberry/Shutterstock  

Australia's Pledge on Climate Change Action in the Pacific

Jun 2022 - News

Australia's Foreign Minister has pledged Australia's commitment to taking stronger action on climate after meeting with Samoa's Prime Minister in Apia. Penny Wong's stop in Samoa is the second Pacific country she has visited after Fiji since being sworn in less than two weeks ago. She said the new Australian government was elected with a mandate to be committed to climate change and it understands how important the issue is to Samoa and all Pacific nations. "We are called on to do so now more than ever," she said. Read more at Radio New Zealand International Image credit:  International Labour Organization/Flickr

Vanuatu Declares a Climate Emergency

Jun 2022 - News

  Vanuatu has become the first Pacific Small Island Developing State to declare it is facing a climate emergency. In a Twitter post, the leader of the opposition Ralph Regenvanu announced parliament passed a 17-point resolution declaring a climate emergency on Friday. Regenvanu said under Point 1 of the resolution, "The Parliament declares that a climate emergency exists that is now existentially imperilling the people, societies and natural resources of the Republic of Vanuatu." He adds "Point 2 further declares that climate change is now undermining the fundamental human rights of present and future generations of Vanuatu's people." The Melanesian nation is among the most climate-threatened nations in the world. Read more at Radio New Zealand International Image credit:  marekuliasz/Shutterstock