Author: Carolina Morison

Rising Food Insecurity And “Leaving No-One Behind”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered its strongest warning yet to members of the United Nations (UN) on the global impacts of accelerating climate temperatures. Key findings of their latest report signal that rapid global warming “poses a grave risk to humanity,” beyond previous forecasts. The IPCC notes

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There’s no place like home: Record Human Displacement

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reiterated its call for the international community to seek solutions to the causes that force people into states of displacement. The UNHCR’s Global Trends report for 2017, released in June, affirmed the total number of displaced people around the world continued

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Seeds Of Hope: Doomsday Cooperation Turns 10

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault celebrated its tenth birthday earlier this year. Significant milestones have been achieved over the decade, underpinned by successful global cooperation supporting the vault’s important objectives. At its heart, the seed vault aims to insure against natural and man-made disasters that may lead to food insecurity.

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Peace Is Priceless : Peace Declaration, The City Of Hiroshima

Historic border town talks between the leaders of North and South Korea have raised international hopes that peace may be brokered on the peninsula after over 60 years of hot and cold confrontation. The collaborative efforts by many state and non-state actors over the decades to reach this potential point

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Japan In East Asia – More Or Less Defensive

Japan, alongside the international community has welcomed North Korea’s announcement via Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that its nuclear and missile testing program will be immediately suspended. Although Japan has expressed this represents a positive step towards improving the region’s acute insecurity, reservation has accompanied the news. As a major

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a celebratory recognition of the positive contributions made by women across the world, to the development, prosperity and peace of their immediate and wider societies, through every level of their engagement. Contemporary observations seek to inspire respect and value for women; while also identifying

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Coercive Diplomacy Blowback

Strong and coercive language from United State’s envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, following the General Assembly’s Emergency Session vote on the status of Jerusalem in late December, has been met with blowback. While Haley declared the “vote will be remembered” as a point of attack and acute “disrespect”

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Large Ocean States (Small Island Developing States)

Fiji has stated its mission as President in the twenty third Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—hosted in Bonn, Germany between November 6 -17—is to encourage the commitment, cooperative dialogue and affirmative action of members to the Paris Agreement to ensure

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The Inhumanity Of MADness

The time until midnight must now be perilously closer than the “two and a half minutes” declared by the Doomsday Clock at the start of 2017. Deteriorating dialogue and growing aggression between nuclear armed nations have alarmingly raised the possibility of nuclear conflict to its highest level in years, if

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New And Old Frontiers Of Insecurity

Nineteen member states to the United Nations’ Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) have supported a call to ban Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) in response to growing fears that the pace of technological advancement far exceeds discussion, consideration, and agreement on how these weapons should be managed in accordance

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First People’s Voice

More than two years after the end of the United Nation’s (UN) Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, recognition of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia remains un-satisfyingly unfulfilled. Momentum and aspirations to achieve recognition through increased cultural awareness and celebration

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The Long Shadow Of Pinochet’s Dictatorship

The memory of collective trauma is said to last far longer than its initial impact and is often carried across generations beyond those who lived through the immediate impact. This is certainly true of Chile’s national trauma, which continues to resonate nearly thirty years after the country ended General Pinochet’s

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A Year On From The World Humanitarian Summit

The flow of funds allocated by nations towards Official Development Assistance (ODA) depends on the commitment of state leaders and the political climate of cooperation. Participants to the UN Secretary General’s 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, resolved to pursue a five-point ‘Agenda for Humanity’ to guide a

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Mayday…Mayday…Mayday… Asylum Seeker Deaths at Sea

The number of asylum seekers and migrants journeying across the Mediterranean Sea in search of refuge in Europe continues to rise higher, reflecting the escalating crisis of displaced people across the world. Proportionately, as more people risk their lives on the sea, the numbers presumed to have disappeared and drowned

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Don’t Shoot The Messenger: Freedom Of Expression

May 3rd marked World Press Freedom Day, as inaugurated by the UN General Assembly in 1993. This year’s theme, Critical Minds for Critical Times, will observe the pivotal role played by world media representatives in promoting informed, engaged, and developed societies. The day also remembers media workers, particularly journalists, who

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World Feast, Famine, And Conflict

International agents forecast world cereal supply will remain near record levels over the next year following consecutive harvests of record wheat and corn in major grain producing countries. Ample supplies to satisfy projected world consumption levels, relative to the rate of population growth, mean the capacity to attain the Sustainable

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For What Its Worth: World Military Spending

World military spending in 2017 will likely rise faster than it has in several years, as it is being driven primarily by government commitments to invest more into state military budgets. Yet, while governments claim motives to raise military expenditure are in response to systemic shifts in the geopolitical system,

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US Unilateralism Against A Single Planet For All

The Executive Secretary to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christina Figueres, described 2015’s COP21 Sustainable Innovation Forum, (known less formally as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change) as a historic universal pledge of “cooperation, vision, responsibility and a shared humanity.” Yet, less than six months after the

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Australia’s “Angry Summer” Driven By Climate Change

Australia’s independent Climate Council recently released a report titled “Angry Summer 2016/2017: Climate Change Super-Charging Extreme Weather.” The paper detailed key findings relating to Australia’s 2016/17 summer and the impact of intense heat waves across the majority of Australia’s east coast, contrasted with record summer rainfalls and flooding in the

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The Power Of One In Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia has led the country’s dominant political party, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), for over thirty years. Despite the passage of time, Hun Sen’s leadership over the political landscape appears ironclad, raising unease amongst international observers and causing them to worry that the nation’s upcoming

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