As the world gathers in Kampala, Uganda next Monday for the first Review Conference of the Rome Statute setting up the International Criminal Court, it is an important time to affirm Africa’s commitment to bringing an end to the impunity that prevails in too many countries on our continent. The lack of true justice prevents us from moving forward to a more stable, peaceful future.
The new publication "Global Sustainability - A Nobel Cause", which has been published by Cambridge University Press in February 2010, is available for free download at http://www.nobel-cause.de/book/global-sustainability.
We’re pleased to announce that Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai will be the recipient of the 2010 Lions Humanitarian Award.
Maybe your mother told you that you should always put clean underwear on in the morning in case you were ever to get hit by a bus. But what if every time you changed your skivvies, 20 trees would be planted in Africa? It could happen.
We might feel like we’re a world away from Africa, but that doesn’t stop our carbon emissions from polluting that continent and raising the temperature of the planet as a whole. Poverty-stricken Africans find it hard to survive as it is, without our emissions increasing floods and droughts. Someone had to take a stand; Kenya’s Wangari Maathai would not take it lying down.
26 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board met for its fourth meeting from 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, and approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million.
God, not global emissions, is to blame for climate change, according to a survey conducted in 10 African countries. A close second, however, came deforestation, underlining the argument that there is information available – just not sufficient or effective enough to help people understand the reasons behind environmental issues.
8 March 2010: Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Republic of Congo, Solomon Islands, and Sudan have been invited to join the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board as observer countries.
Watch Prof. Maathai's recent press conference with the Japanese National Press Club on YouTube!
Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, urged Japan to take the lead in preserving the world's biodiversity in a speech Tuesday in Tokyo.