WCEL is pleased to announce the Environment and Armed Conflict Specialist Group has been renamed as the Peace, Security and Conflict Specialist Group. The Specialist Group will be chaired by Professor Karen Hulme, expert in environmental protection in times of crises, such as conflict, post-conflict and via human rights. The Specialist Group would like to give sincere thanks to previous Co-Chairs Professor Michael Bothe and Carl Bruch who will continue to provide their expertise to the Group as Chairs Emeritus.
On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4). In 2018, with conflict damage causing severe environmental and human harms in states around the world, 58 organisations and experts from the fields of the environment, health, human rights, humanitarian disarmament and sustainable development signed a letter urging governments to increase the protection of both people and ecosystems by strengthening measures to enhance environmental security before, during and after armed conflicts.
For more information about International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict: https://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/
For more information about the Peace, Security and Conflict Specialist Group: https://www.iucn.org/commissions/world-commission-environmental-law/our-work/peace-security-and-conflict
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