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Green Cross national organizations in seven countries are this year marking 20 years of action to promote sustainability and security. The Green Cross national organizations in Switzerland, Russia, the United States, Japan, Sweden, Ivory Coast and the Netherlands were founded in 1994 and, since then, have promoted sustainability, security and environmental protection through scores of on-the-ground projects and advocacy campaigns.

Some 50% of declared Syrian chemical weapons have been destroyed, but the high-profile destruction process has faced delays and rising public concerns, particularly in the Mediterreanean region.

Chemical weapons expert Dr Paul Walker, Director of Green Cross International's (GCI) Environmental Security and Sustainability programme, discusses the progress so far, and challenges involved, with the UN-backed Syria chemical weapons destruction effort.

Dr Walker recommends rounds of intensive public dialogues in countries like Greece, Italy, Spain and elsewhere, where public concerns have heightened over the safety and security of the chemical weapons destruction process.

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Green Cross International joined governments, civil society groups and industry representatives in The Netherlands where a series of meetings were held during 21-25 March 2014 on nuclear security.

Dr Paul Walker, Director of GCI’s Environmental Security and Sustainability programme, comments in this video on the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit, held 24-25 March in The Hague, where efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear and radioactive materials and their falling into the hands of terrorist groups was discussed. He also discusses the measures that need to be implemented to prohibit nuclear materials being obtained and converted into weapons, such as nuclear dirty bombs, and the role that civil society and business can play to support government non-proliferation efforts.

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On the eve of his being presented with the annual Right Livelihood Award on 2 December 2013, Green Cross International's Paul Walker conducted this interview with BBC on the threat of chemical weapons and OPCW-led efforts to dispose of Syria's stockpile of these arms.

 

On the eve of his being presented with the annual Right Livelihood Award on 2 December 2013, Green Cross International's Paul Walker conducted this interview with BBC on the threat of chemical weapons and OPCW-led efforts to dispose of Syria's stockpile of these arms.

For more information on Paul Walker and his Award success, click here. - See more at: http://www.gcint.org/green-cross-blog/bbc-interview-green-crosss-paul-wa...

Green Cross International's Paul Walker has been a leading commentator on the UN-backed efforts to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and related equipment and materials. Here he discusses the ongoing disposal efforts led by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and the varied challenges and opportunities for peace, with Russia Today TV.

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Mr. Ahmad Al Hindawi, UN Secretary-General Envoy for Youth, discusses the role of youth in advancing efforts for a sustainable future, and congratulates Green Cross International on its 20th anniversary in 2013.

Cast of the 2050: The Future We Want musical, and members of the 1000-strong audience who watched the debut performance on 3 September 2013 at the United Nations Office at Geneva, held this post-event discussion on the themes of the musical, the experiences of the cast members during the rehearsals and production of the spectacular, and the reactions of the audience. Watch the musical, and other highlights from the Green Cross 20th anniversary, by clicking here.

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Lech Walesa

The following text is the transcript of the speech, delivered in Polish, by President Lech Walesa, Chairman of Green Cross Poland, to the Green Cross International General Assembly on 2 September 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Green Cross is an organization that is becoming more and more effective, recognizable and with a growing footprint in the world. We encourage and foster environmental education that should be taught everywhere and to everyone.  

I joined this organization after you (President Mikhail Gorbachev) founded it, so I cannot boast 20 years of membership. Back then I thought only members of the elites were members of this organization and I thought that this organization was very much needed. But I can see that it is even more needed now than it was before. This is because the world population is growing. But also there are more and more technical solutions: rhe development of land, new roads – all this has changed the face of the Earth, has changed it in a way that is very beneficial to us, but there are also certain dangers involved. My joining of this organization means my accession to these elites, me, a worker, a union member, a revolutionary.

My insight, from this point of view, is often a bit different.

I lived in a system that provided everything for the masses, without even asking the people; the system built, although often clumsily, various necessary buildings. But they were built in all the wrong places; even in the Soviet Union there were protests by people who thought differently.

I hope that the elites will draw the attention of members of the government to the upsides and downsides of these ideas.

The swaying of the masses, the masses from which I descend, will involve them in defending erroneous ideas and in organizing themselves to resist these materialistic endeavours. Today the world is based on money, and often this is more important than environmental protection, which is why I will try to present this point of view and encourage the involvement of the masses in caring for the environment and for environmental protection.

Now Poland is undergoing massive reforms, when I look how we engulf land, how we rob nature of its properties to further development, so many roads are being built, so many establishments, we cover the earth with concrete and no water or air can get through.

In my opinion this Earth can only take so many insults, It will grow some germs and we won'tbe able to recover from this. But the money has been spent and because of the hurry we are in we take no notice of the environment. And that is why I would like everyone to often repeat that every generation should pass down to the next generation what we were given by the previous generation. We have to develop, but we can do it more wisely, by predicting, researching, protecting the environment.

I believe that this NGO, which has attracted so many wonderful people, will put forward proposals, encourage people to protect and develop this world wisely.

I will surely make my contribution to that.

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