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Climate Change and Global Governance

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. While tangible progress was made both inside and outside the formal negotiations, the world still...

COP26 – Climate Negotiations at Glasgow

NZCGS Board member and reputed business-environmental journalist, Rod Oram, has been attending COP26 in Glasgow these past few weeks, and regularly reporting back through Newsroom. Here are his reports. 14 November       COP26’s inadequate package could still lead to...

Myanmar pleads for the world to honour R2P

This is not a blog I had expected, intended or wanted to write. I have politely declined requests to write on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in relation to the current crisis in Myanmar and the climbing civilian death toll. The turning point was visuals of...

International Asymmetry in Global Arms Control

During the Cold War, the nuclear landscape was dominated by the globe-spanning US–Soviet bipolar rivalry. Russia and the United States still account for over 90% of the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. The emerging strategic rivalry, however, is between the US as...

Global Health and Global Integrity

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact across the globe, causing sickness, death, economic downturn and invariable other forms of suffering as the virus has spread internationally. At present in late-September, we approach the...

Global Health and Global Security

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a recognition of the reality that the virus and ensuing protective measures have had a profound impact on peace and security across the globe. With worldwide lockdowns pushing youth out of schools and...

Reform the UN Security Council

As the UN General Assembly opens its annual session for 2020/21 this month, delegates should introspect on the transformations in world affairs in the 75 years since the Charter was signed. In 1945, Britain and France were ‘victorious’ Allied powers but in economic...

Trans-national River Issues

The Australian bushfires and the Indian floods, both of 2019, are just a glimpse into some disproportionate consequences of the global climate crisis that is upon us. Current international law systems have proven to be limited as a tool for securing justice to those...

Aviation and Global Sustainability, Pt II

Aviation is a force for good.  It broadens the mind. It connects people with new cultures, experiences, places and opportunities; and it underpins the global economy. Yet, its dependency on fossil fuel is harmful.  What, then, to do? Aviation currently...

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9th NZCGS Annual Lecture

You are invited to the 9th NZCGS Annual Lecture "Security and Disarmament Challenges: Prospects for the Global Order". Keynote Speaker Professor Kevin Clements is a Foundation Board Member of the NZ Centre for Global Studies. He is also Director of the Toda Peace...