|UPCOMING EVENTS |
The Clean the Niger Delta coalition published a video on Ken Saro-Wiwa and his commemoration on 10 November.
|IN THIS ISSUE|
GOOD DEAL BAD DEAL
IES presents the report of the conference 'Illegal Trade in Natural Resources - What can Brussels do?'
After the success of the conference 'Illegal Trade in Natural Resources -
What can Brussels do?' which was held on 30 September 2010, the
Institute for Environmental Security (IES) is pleased to announce the
release of the conference report titled ‘Good deal bad deal’.
Starting from an attempt to define the concept of illegality and the
analysis of the politics and economics of illegal trade, the report
confronts various existing remedies - legal and voluntary initiatives -
and tries to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The report also
seeks to understand what earth observation technologies can offer to
improve the global monitoring of natural resources extraction. Lastly,
the report proposes a compilation of recommendations formulated by the
speakers as possible answers to the question ‘What can Brussels do?’
The report tries to reflect the day-long conference in the manner in
which it unfolded, compiling the presentations and discussions of a wide
panel of eminent speakers from the UN and EU institutions, the academic
community, international NGOs and the private sector.
EXECUTED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST KEN SARO-WIWA HONOURED IN MAJOR COMMEMORATION IN THE HAGUE
A series of events to attract public attention on the issue of Niger Delta
800 people attended the commemorative concert “Standing Before History”
on Wednesday November 10 2010, exactly 15 years after the execution of
Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni leaders. Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged
without fair trial nor the right to appeal by the Nigerian Military
Government in 1995.
concert “Standing Before History”, featured international soul and hip
hop star Nneka, herself born in the Niger Delta. A packed concert hall
listened to her bold, impassioned lyrics, calling for greater justice.
the concert an additional 100 people attended a public event and debate
at the Plein in The Hague, City of Peace and Justice. The Institute for
Environmental Security took part in the planning of the Commemoration, together with 7 other environmental and human
RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE, SHORT-LIVED FORCES & GEOENGINEERING
IES discusses geoengineering with Jason Blackstock of CIGI at European Parliament
9th November the Institute for Environmental Security organised the
fourth in a series of events at the European Parliament run in collaboration
with Nirj Deva, MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament Development
speaker was Jason Blackstock, a Fellow at the Centre for International
Governance Innovation (CIGI) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and
Visiting Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems
Analysis in Vienna. His subject
was Towards Climate Security &
Equity in 2020: Rapid Climate Change, Short-lived Forcers & Geoengineering.
Jason Blackstock stressed the urgency of
understanding rapid climate change and in particular the impact of short lived
climate forcers other than the greenhouse gasses dealt with by the UNFCCC.