UN High Seas Treaty Negotiations: A Worthwhile Marathon

By Eden Charles and Gina Torry Governments have gathered at the United Nations in New York over the last two weeks to finalize a treaty to regulate and conserve resources in “Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction”, commonly referred to as the High Seas.  The High Seas cover 49% of the Earth’s surface and provide critical ecosystem services, from [...]

Nobel Peace Prize recognizes Hunger as Weapon of War

Gina Torry, Director of the International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding, told the Star Tribune: “In today’s conflicts, conventional weapons of war, such as guns and explosives, are no longer the only weapon of choice. Intentional starvation of civilian populations is a method and tactic of conflict used to achieve political and military objectives. We’ve seen this, for instance, in Syria, Yemen and Libya. Weaponized starvation exacerbates conflict and disproportionately harms women, children and the elderly.”

Earth Day Climate Communiqué (full text)

Oslo, 22 April 2019 — Alongside the United Nations 24th annual climate conference, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum gathered some of the world’s foremost climate leaders in Oslo who discussed climate change as a matter of international peace and security and how climate-smart finance, cities and subnational actors could drive significant change forward in meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement (2015), to limit global warming to 1.5ºC. On Earth Day 2019, they issued this Joint Communiqué.