• The Looming Accelerant: the Growing Links between Climate Change, Mass Atrocities, and Genocide

    By Robert Kiel The purpose of this research commentary is to show a growing link between climate change and genocide and mass atrocities. The International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and other scientific reports describe the dire environmental effects that will exacerbate ongoing ethnic, religious and other intrastate tensions, as witnessed in Syria and Darfur … Continued

  • Stimson Center Presents 2020 Proposals on Fragility, Climate Governance

    By Delia Paul 26 June 2019: Ahead of the UN’s 75th anniversary in 2020, the Stimson Center, a US-based think tank, presented proposals to strengthen the UN, address climate, peace and security challenges, and reinvigorate global governance. The report provides a roadmap for maximizing results at the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level meeting to mark … Continued

  • Will “UN@75” Revive Multilateralism?

    By Fergus Watt and Richard Ponzio Despite the polarization and stasis that characterizes so much of the present politics at the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres is betting that the 75th anniversary of the organization, in 2020, will provide an opportunity for the international community to begin to address the “crisis in multilateralism,” and to … Continued

  • It’s Coming Soon: Can the UN Rethink Its Future in One Year?

    By Richard Ponzio and Cristina Petcu A year from now, on June 26, 2020, the international community will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter. That doesn’t leave much time to hammer out a “concise, substantive, forward-looking and unifying declaration” that captures member states’ commitment to multilateralism and to the … Continued

  • Beyond Paris: Completing the new model of climate governance

    By Richard Ponzio and William Durch As the world commemorates Earth Day today, April 22, it is useful to take stock of the progress made in tackling the preeminent global environmental challenge of our time: climate change. Remarkably, last December in Paris, 195 world leaders pledged further action to cut carbon emissions with the goal … Continued