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 [...]
The High Seas Treaty Dialogues are bringing together over 90 Member States and expert observers in an informal, intersessional Track 1.5 dialogue to make concrete progress toward the adoption of a United Nations “High Seas Treaty” – an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea on the conservation [...]
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.”
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.
Oslo, 12 December 2018 — On the 2nd day of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Institute hosted a high-level congress of climate leaders, to examine climate change as a threat multiplier and related climate peace and security measures, as well as climate-smart finance and climate resilient urban planning.