Green Cross Italy operators explain to the communities the new planting techniques. Credits: Elena Seina – Tafzion Prod / Green Cross Aisha has two children, which she has to raise by herself since her husband has emigrated and there has been no further news of him. She is now able to feed her children and […]
On Wednesday, 9 November, Green Cross ESS Director Paul Walker addressed the 8th Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference.
“Green Cross’ founder, Mikhail Gorbachev, has long underlined the close relationship between security and sustainability in today’s world,” said Walker. “The Biological Weapons Convention is an excellent example of this. As we witness the recent commitments from the climate change conference (COP 21) in Paris last year to address global warming and carbon emissions, and convene here the same week at the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh, it behooves us all to recognize how important a fully functioning BWC is to a sustainable and safe world today, and to work cooperatively to ensure that biology is never used for nefarious purposes.”
Read the full statement here.
On Monday, Walker also spoke at an opening briefing for the conference. He talked about opportunities for civil society collaboration, as part of a panel with Dr. Richard Guthrie, Prof. Graham Pearson, Dr. Piers Millett, Dr. Filippa Lentzos, Dr. Caitriona McLeish and Facilitator Kathryn Millett. This briefing included the announcement that Lentzos will be taking over from Pearson in coordinating NGO statements to BWC meetings.
The Review Conference can be followed remotely by signing up to the BWPP Daily Reports produced by Richard Guthrie via the folowing link: http://eepurl.com/clitzH
Green Cross International (GCI) sends their regards to Maestros Leadership Co. (Malawi), Cooperación Comunitaria (Mexico) and PAX (Netherlands), winners of the 2017 Green Star Awards held last September in Nairobi, Kenya. These three organisations were recognised for their efforts in integrating environmental and humanitarian action, as well as their commitment toward the prevention, preparedness and […]