NERPS Webinar: Ecological Threats, Peace, and COVID-19

Ecological Threats, Peace, and COVID-19: A Conversation with Steve Killelea of IEP

15 April 2021 (Thursday) 10:00-11:00 AM JST

You can watch the full webinar, including the Q&A, on our YouTube channel.

About the Webinar

Increases in population, the degradation of natural resources and climate change are increasing the occurrence of ecological events. These events will result in heightened poverty, an increased likelihood of conflict and mass migration. Understanding which countries and areas of the world are exposed to the most severe ecological threats is vital if we wish to lessen the likelihood of conflict and mass migration. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tragic loss of life and deep economic disruption. It continues to highlight the growing inequality in developed nations and the inward focus of most countries. The presentation will focus on the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP)’s Ecological Threat Register, which forecasts ecological threats out to 2050 and how Positive Peace can assist post-pandemic recovery.

About the Speaker

Steve Killelea is the Founder of the Institute for Economics & Peace, an international NGO and global think-tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the factors that create and sustain peace. He is also the founder of the Global Peace Index – the world’s leading measure of peacefulness as used by governments, corporations and multilateral organisations. An accomplished entrepreneur, published author and philanthropist, Steve is at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. In 2000, he established The Charitable Foundation, which has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people in some of the world’s poorest communities.​

About the NERPS Webinar Series

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainability Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

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