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Creating a Future for All: Climate Justice and Peacebuilding - A Geneva Peace Week Event



 11:15 - 12:30, Room IX, Palais des Nations

Climate change is already having disastrous consequences worldwide, and its impacts are most directly borne by the most vulnerable social groups due to their lack of resources and capacity to build resilience. Rising anthropogenic greenhouse gases, unless radically reduced, will lead to existential crises for human communities and the natural ecosystems they depend on. Furthermore, the consequences of climate change, such as competition over limited natural resources, will contribute to rising conflict within and between communities. In the absence of robust governance, this may lead to increasing violence, migration and humanitarian emergencies.

The climate justice movement aims to raise awareness of these issues, so that vulnerable groups are better protected from the consequences of climate change, including threats to their security, and that they are included as agents of change in climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as conflict prevention and resolution efforts.

This event aims to give voice to experts in climate justice, vulnerable populations, youth, and decision makers working to include climate justice concerns in their national and international policies.


  • Ms. Nahla Haidar, Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Ms. Lindsey Fielder Cook, Representative on Climate Change, Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)
  • Ms. Silja Halle, Programme Manager, Joint UN Environment, UNDP, UN Women and Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) Programme on Promoting Gender-Responsive Approaches to Natural Resource Management for Peacebuilding
  • Mr. Didier Georges, Counsellor, Haitian Mission
  • Indigenous group representative (tbc)

The event is organized by the IPU, the Environmental Committee of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies with organizational support from Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) . It will take place from 11:15 to 12:30 in Room IX, Palais des Nations.

All participants and speakers who do not have a valid UNOG grounds pass must register via the UNOG registration system - INDICO ( They will then receive a single badge valid from 4 to 8 November 2019 and will be able to attend all events of Geneva Peace Week 2019 held at the UN Palais. We suggest you arrive half an hour early to pick up your badge.

Participants should still additionally register for the event via Eventbrite.

Please note that your registration information will also be shared with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (the key Facilitator Geneva Peace Week) for the purpose of compiling anonymous statistics on event attendance.

This event is part of the Geneva Peace Week 2019 (, a collective initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the Platform’s five partners – the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Interpeace; and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO). Geneva Peace Week is also supported by the government of Switzerland. It includes meetings and events on different topics related to the promotion of peace.