Prof. Daisaku Higashi, from GPAJ and Sophia University, delivers lectures on “Peacebuilding and Roles of Media” at South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) in Juba, South Sudan, organized by JICA, on February 13 to 19, 2024. Please click here for detailed information. (8/2/2024)
Georgios Kostakos, Yasuhiro Ueki, and Stephen Kinloch-Pichat joined President José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste in discussing the world in need of a new paradigm for the future of global governance. Please click here for the full report of the online meeting held on 12 January 2024. (5/2/2024)
In an online discussion meeting organized by the Kyoto Peacebuilding Center and supported by the Peacebuilding Association of Japan and ACUNS Tokyo Office held on 12 January, President José Ramos-Horta called for reforming the Security Council to meet the traditional and new challenges posed to Humanity, particularly by Artificial Intelligence by expanding the numbers of permanent and non-permanent members to overcome the legacy of the Cold War. Ambassador Shinyo found it necessary to abolish the permanent membership in the long run and create a new forum for cooperation not only between the Great Powers but also between the so-called global or middle-power countries and the Global South. Mr. Chikvaidze suggested a major restructuring to include G20 members and the African Union in the UN Security Council. Please see the details of their views by clicking here.
Franz Baumann, the new ACUNS President, suggests that while the climate crisis is, in fact, a fossil fuel crisis, the old mantra that mitigating global heating can be achieved without cost, inconvenience, or change is fading. Whatever Big Oil’s rearguard actions, the open question is: Before the climate tips, will whatever is politically possible prove to be ecologically sufficient, or will the ecologically necessary miraculously become politically possible? The answer is if only that plan from Rio would be resuscitated. Please click here for his full article.