Event report: Mine action, the environment and toxic remnants of war, Geneva Feb 18th

Event report: Mine action, the environment and toxic remnants of war, Geneva Feb 18th

Between February 16th and 19th, the international mine action community gathered in Geneva for the 18th International Meeting of Mine Action National Program Directors and UN Advisors. This year’s theme was “Beyond Mine Action”. The TRWP and the GICHD hosted a side event on ‘Mine action, the environment and toxic remnants of war’. Its aim was to explore whether it is both feasible and desirable for the mine action community to go further in integrating environmental assessment for TRW in its activities. The TRWP’s Doug Weir began the event with […]

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Side event: Mine action, the environment and toxic remnants of war, Geneva, 18th February 2015.

Side event: Mine action, the environment and toxic remnants of war, Geneva, 18th February 2015.

The TRWP and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining will be hosting a side event at the 18th Annual Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and UN Advisers, Geneva, 16th February to Thursday, 19th February 2014. The overall theme of this year’s meeting is “Evolution of Mine Action – More than Mines”. Date: Wednesday 18th February Time: 12:00 Location: Room C1, World Meteorological Office building Synopsis A clean environment is the basis for health and livelihoods. Where access to land and natural resources is lost, lives, livelihoods and peacebuilding […]

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IISS Discussion Meeting: Accountability and the Environmental Legacy of Armed Conflict, July 3rd, London.

IISS Discussion Meeting: Accountability and the Environmental Legacy of Armed Conflict, July 3rd, London.

The provisions of international humanitarian law for the protection of the environment during conflict are notoriously lacking. However, peacetime environmental norms and standards, and developments at the interface between environmental and human-rights law provide opportunities for progress. The Toxic Remnants of War Project (TRWP) analyses how greater scrutiny of the environmental and public-health legacy of conflict pollution could help improve the protection of the environment, and those civilians who depend on it, before, during and after conflict. Discussion Meeting Aneaka Kellay: Researcher, Toxic Remnants of War Project Doug Weir: Founder and Project […]

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Event report: peacebuilding and environmental damage in contemporary jus post bellum

Event report: peacebuilding and environmental damage in contemporary jus post bellum

The TRW Project was delighted to be invited to take part in a recent seminar organised by the University of Leiden’s Jus Post Bellum (JPB)Project. The event took place at the Peace Palace in The Hague and featured a series of panel and roundtable discussions on peacebuilding and environmental damage during and after conflict. The JPB Project, led by Prof. Carsten Stahn, investigates whether and how a contemporary jus post bellum – law after war – may facilitate greater fairness and sustainability in conflict termination and peacemaking. The JPB Project […]

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Report launch: Pollution Politics: power, accountability and toxic remnants of war, 2nd July, 2014, London

Report launch: Pollution Politics: power, accountability and toxic remnants of war, 2nd July, 2014, London

Our new report Pollution Politics examines where responsibility lies for reducing the health and environmental risks from military and conflict pollution. Where are the weaknesses in the current legal regimes for environmental protection? What capacity do affected states have to ensure that the fundamental rights of their citizens are protected? Are obligations to minimise and remedy damage necessary and justified? Should polluters pay for contamination and is a new mechanism needed to reduce the civilian and environmental harm from toxic remnants of war? Speakers: Aneaka Kellay (author) (TRWP): introducing Pollution […]

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Event report: Protecting civilians means protecting the environment, 3rd April 2014

Event report: Protecting civilians means protecting the environment, 3rd April 2014

The Toxic Remnants of War Project organised a side event during the CCW Protocol V Group of Governmental Experts meeting in Geneva. The aim was to provide delegations and agencies with an overview of the TRW issue and focus in on two topics that the TRWP has recently worked on: the toxicological screening of munitions constituents and the need for more detailed environmental assessment in conflict and post-conflict settings. TRWP Project Manager Doug Weir provided an overview of the TRW framing, discussing how principles from human rights and environmental law […]

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Geneva April 3rd 2014: Protecting civilians means protecting the environment

Geneva April 3rd 2014: Protecting civilians means protecting the environment

3rd April 2014 | Lunchtime side event during the CCW Protocol V GGE Legal provisions for the protection of the environment during and after conflict are widely viewed as inadequate. Environmental damage infringes fundamental human rights, often for many years after conflicts, and poses challenges for effective peacebuilding. The lack of clear obligations to minimise, assess or remedy environmental pollution from military activities must be addressed in order to improve the protection of civilians and the environment they rely on. Could an approach informed by human rights law and environmental […]

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Workshop – Exploring a legal framework for Toxic Remnants of War – click for more information and registration

Workshop – Exploring a legal framework for Toxic Remnants of War – click for more information and registration

THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED: A full report including copies of presentations made can be found at this link. BACKGROUND Growing awareness of the potential for military activities to damage the environment has triggered an ongoing discussion directed at increasing the protection of the environment during armed conflict. This has been informed by International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Environmental and Human Rights Law and domestic environmental norms. Civil society concern over the long-term health and environmental impact of toxic or hazardous substances released during military activities has now led to the […]

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