This first half of the 21st century has seen the emergence of new types of threats, but also the resurgence of old conflicts that we thought outdated.
While humanity as a whole is living better than in the previous century, our planet is facing unprecedented dangers that threaten the human species and the environment.
We can note with satisfaction that young people in all countries are mobilizing to protect the environment and that for many of them this fight is the main concern.
The issue of war and peace, a fundamental concern of humanity since the dawn of time, is thus relegated to the background, peace being taken for granted.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Taking into consideration:
That there is a clear link between peace, environment and development.
The Club of Geneva declares with a sense of emergency:
That an in-depth reflection on the environment and the future of the planet cannot be done without also integrating the issue of war and peace.
That at a time when the fragile balance of our ecosystem is threatened and the very survival of our natural environment and the survival of humanity as such are fundamentally called into question, we can no longer afford to suffer constant wars.
That this reflection should lead to compelling States that have been guilty of environmental damage as a result of armed conflicts to restore the state of the environment to what it was before their intervention and to repair all the damage thus caused.
The Club of Geneva is a non-profit organization. Its members are prominent figures from civil society and have most often performed, or still perform, managerial functions on all continents.
Its purpose is to study the geopolitical and social problems of the contemporary world in a non-partisan way. It is not affiliated to any political or religious movement; it strives to promote peaceful relations between States and supports the search for peace.
Its objective is to draw the attention of citizens and decision-makers to the medium- and long-term issues that shape the future of humanity.
The working languages are French and English. Membership is acquired by cooptation.