Caux Dialogue on Land and Security kicks off

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Photo_Martin_2Martin Frick, Chair of the Initiatives for Land at Lives and Peace Steering Group, kicked off the conference with a welcome talk, followed by Edward Peters, Executive Vice President of IofC International. Both highlighted the uniqueness of Caux’s Conference Centre and environment, where important global issues can be discussed in an informal manner and where change can begin. According to Mr Peters, Caux has the potential to bring together the very best contributors to science, politics, finance and other disciplines, calling it “an incubator of change”.

Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for new Security Challenges, presented the current global situation in which humanity is set to face challenging times in the close future due to lack of vital resources. He also drew the bigger picture in which all global issues are interlinked and require worldwide – and all sectors confounded – collaboration in order to be solved, emphasizing the added stress that developing countries encounter under the effects of climate change.

Following on Jamie Shea’s intervention, Luc Gnacadja, Former Executive Secretary at UNCCD, responded by underlining the importance of biodiversity and preserving eco-systems as an investment in stability. Mr Gnacadja is known to have had the vision to challenge Initiatives of Change to become involved in the land issue in the first place.

The session concluded with a Q&A in which the audience had the chance to raise personal issues. It seemed that the need to know more about the use of the military intelligence in developing regions is a burning issue among the participants of the conference. The following days will look deeper into land and security issues from different perspectives, such as migration for example, and will hopefully generate rich dialogue and creative solutions.
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