NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE
An Interactive Forum Based on the Sustainable Development Goals
An Interactive Forum Based on the Sustainable Development Goals
Held on November 1, 2021 from 4.15-6.15pm GMT at Stirling Castle, Scotland
Les Simm, Executive Director, International Forum for Understanding
‘Nuclear War and Climate Change: The Urgency for Action’
Christine Parthemore, Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Strategic Risks
‘Existential Threats and Interconnected Solutions’
Lydia A. Omuko-Jung, Doctoral Researcher at DK Climate Change, University of Graz & Legal Analyst at C2LI
Aigerim Seitenova, Human Rights Professional, CrossCulture Fellow, OSCE #Perspectives2030
Dr. Hyab Yohannes, International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council
Heather Wokusch, Director of Development, International Forum for Understanding (Moderator)
Tour of Stirling Castle
* While this event is free of charge, advance registration is necessary.
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Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap, we mark an important milestone in promoting
intergenerational, apolitical, and constructive dialogue aimed at contextualizing climate change while
mitigating the existential threat of nuclear warfare and its resulting environmental impact.
Meet the speakers and organizers
Her current work covers issues in countering weapons of mass destruction, arms control and disarmament, innovation and technology trends in national security, and the security implications of climate change. Christine has been an adjunct professor in the Global Security Studies program at Johns Hopkins University since 2010. In 2016 she was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Tokyo, where she researched Japan’s approach to international civil nuclear cooperation.
She previously worked as a litigation counsel in a lawfirm in Nairobi where she represented government and non-governmental entities in national and regional courts within East Africa on public law and environmental law cases. She has consulted for subnational governments in Kenya on mainstreaming climate change considerations into sectoral legislations and policies and formulated climate-related policies for them.
She worked as the Head of the Department of Programmes in local NGO 'Wings of Liberty' based in Astana, Kazakhstan. Her interests center on the most efficient ways of increasing human rights knowledge by engaging and empowering young people, raising awareness about different human rights violations on the local, regional and global levels. Aigerim is an expert for the OSCE #Perspectives20-30 where she contributed to the chapter on human rights and peace education. Her interests also focus on critical analysis of the international human rights law in particular feminist and the so-called TWAIL (Third World Approaches to Law) critiques. She also collaborated with UN Women in Kazakhstan by coordinating the Civil Society Advisory Group.
An alumni of EU Global Campus Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratization in the Caucasus, Aigerim is currently finishing her postgraduate degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex as a Chevening Scholar.
Les works in the business sector, with governments, the UN, INGO’s and other entities in areas ranging from security risk management and business resilience to humanitarian operations and disaster relief. He has expertise in nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons disarmament, non-proliferation, arms control and verification, security sector reform and countering transnational organised crime.
Having trained as a psychiatric nurse in his early career, Les has long-term interest in mental health and wellbeing. Les is a passionate supporter of the SDGs with a particular focus on project implementation and making a demonstrable and direct impact on people’s lives.
A firm believer in Impact Tech and the democratization of knowledge, Heather is an expert in virtual learning. Her most recent project is designing and creating Climate Change in Context.
Heather’s international career in human resources, education, cross-culture, and media has spanned five continents and multiple fields. She consults on intercultural communication and organizational development (including digital transformation, leadership development, employee engagement, change management, strategy, and globalization). She specializes in pandemic-related mental health and emotional wellbeing and is developing Digital Mental Health Communities while consulting various entities about burnout prevention and mitigation.
Meet the Youth Council
She was featured by the Austrian broadcaster ORF on the occasion of the International Day of Peace and UNHCR for International Women’s Day. Her theater piece ‘Not a Fate’ – about peace-building among youth in conflict situations – was performed at an event hosted by the Second President of the Austrian Parliament. She has spoken on numerous high-profile panels on refugee and migration issues highlighting young, female voices such as at European Forum Alpbach 2018 alongside former UN SG Ban Ki-Moon and former Austrian President Heinz Fischer.
Mădălina also works as Communications Officer for the International Forum for Understanding. She is the head of the Youth Council for the ‘Nuclear Climate Change’ event.
Her current projects include the publication of a podcast on Islamic State returnees to Germany, research assistance in the "Counterterrorism And Safeguarding in Response to Islamic State (CASIS) Project and support for "the Building Resilience against Violent Extremism and Polarisation" (BRaVE) project, funded by the European Commission's Horizon2020 programme.
In 1995, Manuel met Dr. Jane Goodall. Manuel has been close with Dr. Goodall ever since and supports her in her mission.
In 2014, Manuel founded his production company "Open Window Media". He looks back on a large number of reports for online media and TV. He also produced reports about the Arctic and Uganda´s chimpanzees for the prominent Austrian documentary format ORF UNIVERSUM.
In 2020, Manuel worked as production assistant for cinematographer Richard Ladkani, who in 2019 won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance.
A highly motivated and driven individual with a big passion for humanitarian relief. Has four weeks of experience volunteering in Ghana, taking part in; outreaches, providing medical aid and clean water, helping with construction work and teaching English, maths and science to children.
A sports enthusiast, having 12+ years experience of Classical Ballet (RAD) - from Grade 1 to Intermediate level, 6+ years of Figure Skating and more recently Horse Riding on Bangor Universities’ Equestrian Team. Has a Full Colours Sports Award.
Interests include: Humanitarian Relief, Aid Work, Cultural Understanding, Diversity, Trauma and Human Trafficking.
Suad is the Founder of the Somalia Health Club which is a space to help the global Somali community meet with Somali health professionals and ask questions regarding medical topics, especially in relation to Covid-19 and vaccines (Instagram).
His passion for civic engagement and intercultural exchange were fuelled by his work at the 2016 “Peace and Sustainable Development: Intergenerational Challenges” conference in the United Nations office in Vienna. By working with people from different cultures and backgrounds prior to and throughout the event, Christopher learned the importance of interpersonal relations and democratic processes in attempting to reach common goals.