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The future is in our hands...

What are we going to do about it?

The Institute for Global Peace and Sustainable Governance is a not-for-profit organization whose central goal is to support world-leading academic study, research and advocacy on the subject of democratic global governance as a necessary prerequisite for long-term peace, prosperity and sustainable development for all humanity. 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.

Education is the key to ensure the future we want.


Pathways in getting there:

1. Promote the Sustainable Development Goals

    https://sdgs.un.org/goals
2. Protect human rights

    https://www.un.org/en/about-us/universal-declaration-of-human-rights
3. Support humanitarian causes

    e.g. https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/, ICAN https://icanw.org.au/, https://www.amnesty.org.au/

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.

Ultimate Goal - Sustainable global peace

The Model Global Parliament invites your participation
9 September 2022, NSW Parliament House
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MGP 2022 held on 9 September 2022 at NSW Parliament House was a tremendous success!Thank you to all those dynamic participants. Keep your passion alive and commitment alive to ensure the future you want.

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WHAT A WONDERFUL SUCCESS!
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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.

Statement available here. Original ICAN international statement available here.

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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.”

By Nick O'Malley

Updated February 28, 2022 — 10.42pm first published at 10.00pm

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INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES
2022-2032

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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.

Michelle Bachelet

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