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Prerequisites: Difficult problems can only be solved if the peoples of the world work together to construct a system of democratic global governance and binding international law.
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The World Has Spoken on Ukraine
The World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy (WFM/IGP) stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We call for adherence to international law as underscored in Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter and to ensuring the safety and protection of all civilians.
Since 1947, the World Federalist Movement has been committed to realizing global peace and justice through the development of democratic institutions and the application of international law.
The actions taken in the last 24 hours have the potential to embolden other actors and move the world further away from global peace and justice, further limiting the ability of all people to work together to solve the global challenges facing us all.
At this critical time, we strongly encourage all state actors to re-commit with us to these goals to ensure our long-term sustainability on this planet and for peace and justice through democratic means for all.
Statement on the situation in Ukraine attributed to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
We are gravely concerned about the fast-deteriorating situation and ongoing military action in Ukraine.
The humanitarian consequences on civilian populations will be devastating. There are no winners in war, but countless lives will be torn apart. We have already seen reports of casualties and people starting to flee their homes to seek safety. Civilian lives and civilian infrastructure must be protected and safeguarded at all times, in line with International Humanitarian Law.
UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible. To that effect, security and access for humanitarian efforts must be guaranteed.
UNHCR is also working with governments in neighboring countries, calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection. We stand ready to support efforts by all to respond to any situation of forced displacement.
Accordingly, we have stepped up our operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
We remain firmly committed to support all affected populations in Ukraine and countries in the region.
Video statement: https://media.unhcr.org/Share/gx0p446e2214h58v3tt28w7tan40657e
UN Human Rights Chief urges an immediate halt to the Russian Federation’s
military action against Ukraine
GENEVA (24 February 2022) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said she was deeply alarmed about the Russian Federation’s military attack against Ukraine.
“Civilians in various parts of Ukraine were awoken by sounds of heavy bombardment and are terrified of further escalation, with many fleeing their homes,” Bachelet said. “This military action clearly violates international law and puts at risk countless civilian lives. It must be immediately halted.”
“States that fail to take all reasonable measures to settle their international disputes by peaceful means fall short of complying with their obligation to protect the right to life,” Bachelet stressed.
Reports have emerged of military strikes near major cities with significant populations, including Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Odesa, Mariupol and the capital, Kyiv.
“The protection of the civilian population must be a priority. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas should – at all costs – be avoided,” Bachelet said.
The High Commissioner called for full respect for international humanitarian law, in particular the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their first additional protocol of 1977, as well as international human rights law. In the conduct of hostilities, the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions must be fully respected, in particular by taking all required measures to protect the civilian population and civilian objects from the effects of the hostilities.
The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission remains in the country and will continue to closely monitor and report on the situation.
“An information war is also under way and it is particularly crucial at this time that we continue to closely monitor and attempt to verify reports of human rights violations, including civilian casualties, damage to civilian objects, including critical infrastructure, and other impact on human rights on the ground,” Bachelet said.
ICAN Australia strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons. A war of aggression is never acceptable or lawful. Wars have terrible, long-lasting impacts for civilians. Potential escalation to nuclear war risks catastrophic, existential consequences for the entire world.
The international community must stand united in ensuring that we protect and support civilians, and strongly reject the violations of international law by Russia.
While all wars are unacceptable, ICAN warns that the recent Russian behaviour risks escalating the conflict to one involving nuclear weapons. Last week, Russia conducted a strategic nuclear weapons exercise, practising dropping weapons of mass destruction on civilians with intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine launched missiles and bombers. Even more concerningly, yesterday morning President Putin stated that: "No matter who tries to stand in our way… Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history," in a thinly-veiled threat to use nuclear weapons, prohibited under the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The use of nuclear weapons remains on the table for all states that possess and deploy nuclear weapons. Putin’s words and actions escalate further the risk of nuclear weapons being used.
This conflict is already harming the civilian population. Adding threats to mass murder civilians indiscriminately with nuclear weapons does nothing to protect people. The only thing nuclear weapons do in this situation is elevate the risk of a massive humanitarian catastrophe.
We urge Russia, Belarus and all other states to not engage in any military activities involving nuclear weapons, such as nuclear weapons exercises and other possible deployments of nuclear weapons. Belarus’ referendum on Sunday to revoke its nuclear-weapon-free pledge in its constitution adds fuel to the fire in an already tense time.
We urge the international community to strongly pressure Russia to engage in dialogue and diplomacy, to return to compliance with the UN Charter, respect international humanitarian and human rights law, join relevant treaties to reduce nuclear weapons risks, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and negotiate with other nuclear-armed states the verified, time-bound elimination of all their nuclear weapons.
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Australia.
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‘Atlas of human suffering’: More drought, fire and flood, less snow and coral, UN report says
WHY IT MATTERS
Australia is suffering greater impacts from climate change than any other advanced economy
There will be a fourfold rise in heatwaves if the planet warms by 3 degrees.
The rise in weather and climate extremes has already led to “some irreversible impacts as natural and human systems are pushed beyond their ability to adapt”
Normal outdoor activity across much of northern Australia could become potentially fatal due to the risk of heat stress, much of the Great Barrier Reef will likely die and snowfields will shrink or disappear under climate change scenarios laid out in a blockbuster United Nations report.
Flash floods from high intensity rainfall are already the nation’s most expensive disasters, averaging $8.8 billion per year, and this is set to increase, the report said.
It confirms earlier warnings that Australia is suffering greater impacts of climate change than any other advanced economy, and it shows that efforts to adapt to warming are not keeping up with the changes.
Describing the report as an “atlas of human suffering” in a press conference late on Monday night, Australian time, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said it revealed a “criminal” abdication of leadership around the world.
“Nearly half of humanity is living in the danger zone now, many ecosystems are at the point of no return now, and unchecked carbon pollution is forcing the world’s most vulnerable on a frog march to destruction now,” he said,
“The facts are undeniable. This abdication of leadership is criminal. The world’s biggest polluters are guilty of arson of our only home.” Mr Guterres said "The report revealed two core truths: that coal and other fossil fuels were “choking humanity”, and that swift action to reduce emissions and plan for adaptation could still spare millions from suffering. Only 20 governments have agreed to stop funding coal abroad. They must now urgently do the same at home and dismantle their coal fleets,” he said. Those in the private sector still financing coal must be held to account.”
Updated February 28, 2022 — 10.42pm first published at 10.00pm
INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES
The current global landscape is quite different from the not-too-distant past. The process of globalization has intensified and the world is moving towards new forms of governance.