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Journalism Fellows Cover Climate Talks in Poland

The Stanley Foundation and the Earth Journalism Network brought 20 journalists from around the world to Katowice, Poland, in December to cover the 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). The trip was the second of the Climate Change Media Partnership fellowships program, which took the same journalists to the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco last September. At GCAS and COP24, these journalism fellows took part in briefings, trainings, group interviews, and activities to support and strengthen their efforts to cover these key moments in climate policy negotiations. Read their stories.

Photos: Journalists taking part in the Climate Change Media Partnership fellowships program in Poland in December 2018 came from such places as Uganda, South Africa, China, and the Philippines / Journalists take part in a group interview with Callum Grieve, director of the newly launched Every Breath Matters campaign, at COP24.

Strong Multilateral Response to IPCC Report Sought at COP24

The Stanley Foundation organized several activities on the sidelines of COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December. Objectives during this largest annual climate policy negotiation event included a push for countries to reaffirm their Paris Agreement commitments and develop long-term decarbonization plans and to help nonstate and subnational actors press for a strong global political response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5°C. Read more COP outcomes.

Photo: Stanley Foundation climate change program officer Rei Tang takes part in a panel at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

Latin America Network Discusses Progress on Prevention in the Region

In November, the Stanley Foundation helped convene the annual focal points meeting of the Latin America Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. The meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, allowed key network members to share the ways in which they are implementing atrocity and genocide prevention principles in their governments. The network focal points discussed both concerning and positive developments in the region, and agreed to a statement recognizing the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime on December 9, 2018. Learn more about the meeting.

Photo: Focal points of the Latin America Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention meet annually. Previous meetings have taken place in Argentina, Panama, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, and New York City.

Blockchain Paper Presented During Safeguards Symposium in Vienna

During a panel at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Symposium in November, Cindy Vestergaard of the Stimson Center discussed her policy analysis brief, commissioned by the Stanley Foundation, on the potential use of distributed ledger technology for the management of nuclear safeguards information. A standing-room-only audience took part in the session at IAEA Headquarters in the Vienna International Center

Photo: Cindy Vestergaard, left, director of the Stimson Center’s nuclear safeguards program, stands with Stanley Foundation nuclear policy program officer Benjamin Loehrke and program assistant Luisa Kenausis at IAEA Headquarters in the Vienna International Center.

LUISA KENAUSIS is the program assistant for nuclear policy at the Stanley Foundation. She was previously a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where she worked on nuclear weapons issues, including US nuclear posture and defense budgeting, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and the intersection of nuclear energy programs and weapons-proliferation risk.

Luisa received her dual BS in nuclear science and engineering and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2017. She is a member of the MIT Nuclear Weapons Education Project. Her writing has appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Paris Peace Forum Unites Groups Seeking Global Governance Solutions

The Stanley Foundation co-hosted a reception on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum that brought together representatives of foundations and philanthropies interested in peace, security, and global governance solutions. The Forum took place November 11-13, during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Courier 94

The Winter 2018 issue of Courier focuses on innovators and innovative ideas for global challenges: the role of women and climate-vulnerable countries in mitigating global warming, the potential of blockchain technology for nuclear safeguards, the part civil society organizations like the Boy Scouts are playing to keep the peace in the Central African Republic, the possibility that private enterprise could contribute to a society more resistant to violence in Iraq, and an appreciation of the late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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