Issue No. 17   -  19  November 2010
IES ACTIVITIES


 
 
Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation:  Participate in the ESPA Survey

Illegal Trade in Natural Resources:
  

UPCOMING EVENTS


21-22 November - Brussels
 
ENVSEC - IES: Workshop on Environmental security Assessments

 
13-14 December  - Dhaka
 

LIBRARY


 
 
Conference Report: Dialogue Forum on Climate Change and Security in Africa, Madariaga, October 2010

OTHERS

The Clean the Niger Delta coalition published a video on Ken Saro-Wiwa and his commemoration on 10 November.
 
Watch it!
 

 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
Almost 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.
 
The 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.
 
Before 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 rights organisations.
 
RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE, SHORT-LIVED FORCES & GEOENGINEERING

IES discusses geoengineering with Jason Blackstock of CIGI at European Parliament
 

On 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 Committee.

The 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.

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