MRI Chair Jörg Balsiger Nominated for the Environment of Peace 2022 High-Level Panel
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19.11.20 | 06:11

At the suggestion of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, MRI Chair Professor Jörg Balsiger has joined a high-level panel of international experts to guide the Environment of Peace initiative.

The Environment of Peace (EP2022) project is an ambitious new initiative that aims to increase global understanding of the impacts that simultaneous environmental crises are having on peace and insecurity. It will analyse the drivers of and linkages between environmental change and its social dimensions—examining not just climate change but the consequences of issues such as the loss of biodiversity, water insecurity, and land degradation. It will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead, presenting clear and practical recommendations that can be adopted at different levels of decision-making.

The project is led by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). It leads up to 2022, the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference)—the first major intergovernmental conference to look at the human relationship with the environment and wider developments in both the environmental and peacebuilding spheres. For this anniversary, SIPRI will release the initiative’s findings in a report provisionally entitled Environment of Peace.

Following his nomination by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, MRI Chair Professor Jörg Balsiger – who is also Director of the Institute for Environmental Governance and Territorial Development at the University of Geneva, Switzerland – joins a high-level panel tasked with guiding this initiative, chaired by Margot Wallström, former Swedish Foreign Minister and former European Commissioner for Environment.

Other members of the panel are Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the UN Development Programme (New Zealand), Ilwad Elman, Chief Operating Officer, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center (Somalia), Chibeze ​Ezekiel, National SDGs Champion, Coordinator, Strategic Youth Network for Development (Ghana), Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (India), Hindou Ibrahim, Sustainable Development Goal Advocate and environmental activist (Chad), Ma Jun, Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (China), Johan Rockström, co-Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany/Sweden), Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications of Fiji (Fiji), Dan Smith, Director of SIPRI (United Kingdom), Isabel Studer, Founding Director, Sostenibilidad Global (Mexico), Ulf Sverdrup, Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Norway).

Find out more about this project and its aims on the SIPRI webiste, or by watching the Peace Points interview with SIPRI Director Dan Smith below.

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