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.
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.
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.
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.