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Memo Explores Strengthening Civil Society's Role in Responding to the Venezuelan Crisis

The Venezuelan Crisis was the focus of a workshop in Panama City last September, in which representatives of civil society from 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean analyzed the key characteristics of the crisis, the latest trends in Venezuelan migration to the Caribbean, the role of regional and international actors in the crisis, and opportunities for joint regional civil society cooperation. 

Now available in English as well as Spanish, this policy memo reflects discussion at the workshop and includes a collective review of the crisis and recommendations for policymakers and civil society organizations at the national and regional levels. Policy briefs developed for the workshop exploring trends in Venezuelan migration, recommendations for dialogue and negotiation, the role of multilateral organizations, and the regional humanitarian crisis are also available in English and Spanish. 

This workshop, the third in a series, furthered work on which the Stanley Foundation and CRIES (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales) have collaborated to build resilience against mass violence and atrocities in Latin America, specifically regarding Venezuela. Read the policy memo and briefs.

(Venezuelan migrant children line up to receive food at a makeshift camp near the transport terminal in Bogota, Colombia, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzaleza)

Roundtable Explores How Countries are Addressing the Future of Coal

Countries are at differing stages in transition to clean energy, but many challenges overlap and sharing experiences can help policymakers better navigate the shift. With that in mind, policymakers, researchers, and representatives from the energy, labor, and mining sectors gathered February 26 in Cape Town, South Africa, for a roundtable on the future of the thermal coal sector. Building on research that investigates countries where the transition is more difficult, participants discussed opportunities and challenges, and examined how examples of energy transitions from around the world can help pave pathways in other countries. The roundtable continued the Stanley Foundation's work to build collective action on a reduction in coal emissions, an important pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5°C. More about our Climate Change work.

(Once a prominent feature of the Cape Town landscape, the Athlone coal-fired electrical generating plant was demolished in 2010, yet the site still awaits a transition to new development. Danie van der Merwe/Photo/Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License)

Intersection of Climate Change and Conflict Risk Explored at Conference

The Stanley Foundation and Free Press Unlimited organized a four-day media fellowship for 15 journalists from countries including Mali, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Jamaica, and Haiti during the 4th Planetary Security Conference in February in the Netherlands. At the conference, the journalists were able to learn more about how climate change is aggravating conflict risk in many areas of the world, as well as what is being done to reduce these risks. The Stanley Foundation also co-convened an official conference session on Reporting on Climate and Security.

Read the resulting journalism

The Stanley Foundation' s work at the intersection of climate change and security was highlighted in a Chronicle of Philanthropy article by Cath Thompson, program director at the Peace and Security Funders Group. In it, Thompson wrote, "Foundations like... the Stanley Foundation have been working to move climate security beyond politics and instead promote collective solutions to this very real global problem."

(Journalists take part in a press briefing during the Planetary Security Conference in the Netherlands.)

How Can the Private Sector be Drawn into Violence Prevention Efforts?

During the Stanley Foundation's 59th Annual Strategy for Peace Conference last October, participants in the roundtable, “The Business Case for Building Resilience and Pursuing Peace” concluded that the peacebuilding community should work with the private sector at all levels and develop clear, concise messaging to engage the business community in violence prevention efforts. A policy memo on the dialogue is available and a detailed policy dialogue brief is forthcoming.

(Roundtable participants converse during the Stanley Foundation's 59th annual Strategy for Peace Conference.)

ELEANORE C. TAFT is an operations specialist with the Stanley Foundation, managing event logistics. Her professional background includes politics, hospitality, media, and the performing arts.

Eleanore was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, but has also lived in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Norman, Oklahoma. She joined the foundation in December 2018.

Stanley Foundation Helps Launch Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

The Stanley Foundation is one of more than 30 organizations working in the global nuclear policy arena that has joined the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy initiative. All Gender Champions signed on to the Panel Parity pledge, vowing to have their staff avoid appearing on single-gender panels. The foundation committed to three additional pledges. Women have comprised only a small portion of those working in the upper echelons of nuclear policy and the Gender Champions initiative seeks to change that. Learn more.

Journalists Follow Up on Hawaii's False Missile Alert

Just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the false missile alert in January, the Stanley Foundation and Atomic Reporters organized the "This is Not a Drill" workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 17 journalists who came to the island took part in discussions with nuclear policy experts and explored the intersection of emerging technology and nuclear risk. They also had the opportunity to look at the media's role before, during, and after a potential crisis, as well as emergency response processes. Read the journalists' stories.

Foreign Exchange Students Learn from Each Other at Iowa Conference

More than 120 exchange students from nearly 50 countries who are attending Iowa high schools this year came together in February in Des Moines for the 23rd annual Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference. The students took part in cultural sharing experiences, heard a keynote talk from world traveler Dean Jacobs, and helped pack 20,000 meals for people in need. 

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