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Vietnam: les autorités face aux enjeux...
by AsiaCentreParis on October 25, 2020 at 8:43 am
Jean-Philippe Eglinger. Jean-Philippe Eglinger est président et fondateur de Việt Pháp Strategies., société visant à développer les relations d’affaires et universitaires entre la France et le Vietnam. Il est également […]
Zwischen Regierung und Opposition: Verantwortung...
on October 22, 2020 at 2:53 pm
Zwischen Regierung und Opposition: Verantwortung und grüne Perspektiven in Zeiten der Pandemie Gespeichert von SarahG am Do., 10/22/2020 - 14:53
So Close Yet So Far Apart. Facilitating Dialogue...
by Rouzbeh Parsi, Dina Esfandiary on October 26, 2020 at 3:53 pm
Despite the shared history and cultural traits of the peoples living around the Persian Gulf, its littoral states are often at loggerheads. Deep-seated rivalries and suspicions continue to plague all attempts to create an inclusive and comprehensive security framework for the region. It is […]
Declaration of the Club of Geneva
On the Environmental Impact of Armed Conflicts
Geneva, September 7, 2019
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21st century has seen the emergence of new types of threats, but also the resurgence of old conflicts that we thought outdated.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 in fact, all current environmental struggles, limiting the greenhouse effect, global warming, preserving endangered species, combating deforestation, preserving groundwater, etc., are likely to be wiped out in a few minutes by a modern war.
- That every day, conflicts of medium or low intensity cause human tragedies for those who suffer them, that are comparable in every respect to those of the great wars and that have as a consequence an often irreversible damage to the natural environment.
- That the arms race, even outside any conflict, causes considerable environmental damage.
- That the variety of environmental damage caused by armed conflict covers an extremely wide spectrum: in particular, the manufacture, operation and destruction, whether caused by war or by the obsolescence of multiple devices; exploded or unexploded ordnance, anti-personnel mines preventing agriculture; heavy metals, radioactive materials and chemicals used at all stages of war. In particular the use of uranium in the manufacture of shields and perforating projectiles that release depleted uranium into the environment, where it will be deposited for thousands of years.
- That the right to peace and security, as well as the possibility of living in a healthy environment, are universal human rights.
- That the commitment to peace is a general principle of international law.
- That any war, whatever it may be, is useless and constitutes a statement of failure not only for the countries involved, but also for the entire international community.
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.
Member states want an EU authority against money launderers
by Jorge Valero on October 27, 2020 at 11:47 am
EU finance ministers are expected to call for an EU authority against money laundering and urge the bloc to harmonise rules and close the door to illicit money, according to draft conclusions seen by EURACTIV.
SCORPION : La rénovation des chars Leclerc risque d’être beaucoup plus coûteuse que prévue
by Laurent Lagneau on October 27, 2020 at 10:57 am
Dans le cadre de la Révision générale des politiques publiques [RGPP], le Maintien en condition opérationnel terrestre [MCO-T] avait été profondément remanié, avec l’objectif de réaliser des économies tout en cherchant […]
The Brief, powered by ECPC – Disruptor in chief
by Alexandra Brzozowski on October 23, 2020 at 2:41 pm
In the past year, NATO member has been spending more money on defence again, after several rebukes from Washington. But not enough to please the current occupant of the White House. Just ahead of the autumn NATO defence ministers meeting,...
Drought and Inequality in Thailand
on October 26, 2020 at 3:31 pm
Thailand is struggling with a historic drought that has affected nearly half of the country.
Le gaz naturel en Europe : quels enjeux énergétiques et géopolitiques ? Première partie
by Philippe SEBILLE-LOPEZ on October 25, 2020 at 8:12 am
P. Sébille-Lopez livre ici de manière pédagogique un exemple actualisé de géopolitique de l'énergie. Illustré de deux cartes inédites réalisées par Charlotte Bezamat-Mantes pour Diploweb.com. - Transversaux / États […]
The 50th ratification of the Treaty on the...
by Ambassador Jan Eliasson;Dan Smith on October 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm
Yesterday Honduras became the 50th state to ratify or accede to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), meaning that the treaty will enter into force on 22 January 2021.
Economic Consequences of the U.S. Elections
on October 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
The 2020 U.S. elections are taking place amid an economic and social crisis that is comparable to the Great Depression. The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the greatest economic contraction in American history and the highest unemployment rate since the outbreak of World War II. The nation’s […]
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