26 September – International Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

26-SEPTEMBER–INTERNATIONAL-ABOLITION-OF-NUCLEAR-WEAPONS

Above: Sculpture depicting St. George slaying the dragon. The dragon is created from fragments of Soviet SS-20 and United States Pershing nuclear missiles. UN Photo/Milton Grant GCI ESS programme director Dr Paul F. Walker commemorates this day with the following: “September 26th is an important annual reminder that the world has pledged for over half … Read more 26 September – International Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Education, health care addressing long-term effects of Chernobyl disaster

EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE ADDRESSING LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CHERNOBYL DISASTER

Even 30 years after Chernobyl, ten million people in Belarus, Russia, Moldova and Ukraine are still suffering from the long-term health consequences of the disaster. With its Social and Medical Care programme, Green Cross supports families affected by the catastrophe. Therapy camps Among those worst affected are children like Dimitri, from the village of Barashi … Read more Education, health care addressing long-term effects of Chernobyl disaster

CWC Coalition brings civil society voice to states parties conference in The Hague

CWC COALITION BRINGS CIVIL SOCIETY VOICE TO STATES PARTIES CONFERENCE IN THE HAGUE

By Paul Walker, Director, Environmental Security and Sustainability programme The CWC Coalition, coordinated by Green Cross ESS Director Paul Walker, once again put civil society groups front and centre in The Hague as the 21st annual Conference of States Parties (CSP) to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) unfolded the week of November 28th in The … Read more CWC Coalition brings civil society voice to states parties conference in The Hague

Statement by Dr. Paul F. Walker, GCI ESS Director, to 8th 5-year review conference of the BWC

GCI ESS DIRECTOR DR. PAUL WALKER AT BWC REVIEW CONFERENCE IN GENEVA

Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen: On behalf of Green Cross International, a non-profit, charitable, and non-governmental organization, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev 23 years ago and headquartered here in Geneva, I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak, however briefly, to this year’s Eighth Five-Year Review Conference of the BWC. For more … Read more Statement by Dr. Paul F. Walker, GCI ESS Director, to 8th 5-year review conference of the BWC

OPCW-UN Investigation on Chemical Weapons in Syria Issues Second Report

On 10 June 2016, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon transmitted the second report of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on chemical weapons use in Syria to the UN Security Council. The JIM was established by the United Nations in August 2015, under the auspices of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) … Read more OPCW-UN Investigation on Chemical Weapons in Syria Issues Second Report

Green Cross Addresses “New Nuclear Diplomacy” in Washington DC Seminar

GREEN CROSS ADDRESSES “NEW NUCLEAR DIPLOMACY” IN WASHINGTON DC SEMINAR

Green Cross International and the Arms Control Association (ACA) co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington DC on Tuesday, June 21st, on “The New Nuclear Diplomacy: Breakthrough or Sideshow?” with Richard Lennane of Wildfire and Kingston Reif of the Arms Control Association. Paul Walker, director of the Green Cross Environmental Security and Sustainability Programme, chaired the … Read more Green Cross Addresses “New Nuclear Diplomacy” in Washington DC Seminar

Thirty Years after Chernobyl, Human Suffering and Economic Losses Continue

THIRTY YEARS AFTER CHERNOBYL, HUMAN SUFFERING AND ECONOMIC LOSSES CONTINUE

By Paul Walker, Environmental Security and Sustainability Director, Green Cross International Today, 26 April, 2016 is the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic nuclear power reactor meltdown at Chernobyl in the Ukraine. Green Cross makes note of this historic tragedy, recognizes the hundreds of thousands of victims who continue to suffer from the accident, and pledges … Read more Thirty Years after Chernobyl, Human Suffering and Economic Losses Continue

Global Summit on Chemical Safety and Security Opens in Poland

GLOBAL SUMMIT ON CHEMICAL SAFETY AND SECURITY OPENS IN POLAND

By Paul Walker, Environmental Security and Sustainability Director, Green Cross International On Monday, April 18, 2016, over 400 government and non-governmental experts from over 40 countries convened at the Targi Kielce conference center in Kielce, Poland for a Global Summit on Chemical Safety and Security organized by the International Centre on Chemical Safety and Security … Read more Global Summit on Chemical Safety and Security Opens in Poland

Nuclear safety and security in Post-Fukushima World

NUCLEAR SAFETY AND SECURITY IN POST-FUKUSHIMA WORLD

By Joon Yong Choi and Adam Koniuszewski This March, the world observed the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. That catastrophe showed, in no uncertain terms, that nuclear power plants – and, in fact, other nuclear facilities and materials – remain vulnerable and susceptible to dangerous interferences of both natural and man-made origins. The … Read more Nuclear safety and security in Post-Fukushima World