Events

30th CCPCJ Side Event

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30th SESSION of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Tuesday May 18th, 1.10 – 2p.m. CET, online

Zoom Link

Meeting-ID: 811 4864 169
Kenncode: 478023

Environmental factors as an important trigger for migration

Reconsidering the definition of smuggling migrants in the context of (transnational) environmental disasters and hazardous legacies

Environmental factors influence migration in important ways, shaped by local economic, sociopolitical and cultural conditions. The root causes of environmental migration are often deeply intertwined and closely connected to sustainable development issues. Experts will present actual research data and share experience at the grass roots level, followed by a discussion on understanding the links between environmental change and migration, which disproportionately affect vulnerable groups, in particular women and girls.

PANELISTS

Roman Hoffmann, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis with affiliations at the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Farai Maguwu, Director of Centre for Natural Resource Governance (cnrgzim.org), PhD candidate at the Wits School of Governance

MODERATOR

Sharon Fisher, President Soroptimist International

Q&A

Biographies

Roman Hoffmann is a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis with affiliations at the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna and

degrees in sociology and economics from the University of Munich. In his applied research, he studies the impacts of climate change on populations and resilience to environmental stress with a focus on climate adaptation and migration. He has served as a consultant for UNIDO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), and several non-governmental organizations.

Farai Maguwu is devoted to improving the governance of natural resources in Zimbabwe. Human Rights Watch honoured him with the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. He was also honoured by Rapaport, a clean diamond campaigner, for protecting artisanal diamond miners in Zimbabwe‘s Marange region. In 2012 he

founded the Centre for Natural Resource Governance (cnrgzim.org), which researches and documents human rights abuse and illicit trade in minerals. Farai is a PhD candidate at the Wits School of Governance. He holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European University Center for Peace Studies, and a Master in Peace and Governance from Africa University.

Sustainable Development Committee

The focus of the committee is on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development. It provides a forum for NGOs interested in discussing and analyzing the work of the UN intergovernmental bodies in the field of sustainable

development, as well as the related activities of the Vienna-based UN organizations. It encourages new initiatives and seeks inputs into civil society’s contribution to the 2030 agenda of the United Nations.

CSD Talk 27 April 2021

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Some are Hazardous Environmental Legacy Sites, some are Monsters: Why sustainable development needs to include environmental crime

The Committee on Sustainable Development cordially invites its member organisations to a talk by Prof. Verena Winiwarter (BOKU) on Hazardous Environmental Legacy Sites

WhenTuesday, 27 April 2021
Time6:30 – 8:30 pm
Zoom-LinkLink
Meeting-ID843 4442 0182
Kenncode882737

About Verena Winiwarter

Professor of Environmental History at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt since 2007, transferred to BOKU 2018 with the Institute of Social Ecology. She holds a PhD in Environmental History (1998) and a venia legendi in Human Ecology (2003) from University of Vienna. Since 2016, she is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW), Chairperson of the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies, and co-founded the European Society of Environmental History. Her main research interests comprise the history of landscapes, in particular rivers and the environmental history of soils and legacy sites. Her 2014 co-authored book “Umwelt hat Geschichte. Sechzig Reisen durch die Zeit” was elected as Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres in Austria and Umweltbuch des Jahres in Germany and is now in its 3rd imprint. In 2013, she was „WissenschaftlerIn des Jahres“ in Austria and in December 2019 she was awarded the “Preis der Stadt Wien für Geisteswissenschaften”.

Book recommendation

Abena Dove Osseo-Asare. Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after
Independence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 296 pp.
$32.99 (paper), ISBN 978-1-108-45737-8.
Review

UNTOC Side Event: Linking Criminal Justice and the SDGs

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Together with SIW, GWI, SID and CoNGO the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development has organized a Side Event for the upcoming UNTOC COP10. The title is “Linking Criminal Justice and the SDGs in a New Way: Corruption creates wicked legacies at hazardous sites” and it will be an online event, taking place on October 15th 2020 from 10am – 10:50am.