NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE

An Interactive Forum Based on the Sustainable Development Goals

PROGRAM

Held on November 1, 2021 from 4.15-6.15pm GMT at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Welcome
Les Simm, Executive Director, International Forum for Understanding

Presentation
4.30-5pm
‘Nuclear War and Climate Change: The Urgency for Action’
Christine Parthemore, Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Strategic Risks

Panel
5.15-6.15pm

‘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
Sahil Shah, Policy Fellow, European Leadership Network; Advisor, Office of the Exec-Sec, CTBTO
Dr. Hyab Yohannes, International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council
Heather Wokusch, Director of Development, International Forum for Understanding (Moderator)

Tour of Stirling Castle

* This event was held on the first day of the COP26 Climate Summit

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.

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13,500

Nuclear Warheads

5

Degree Limit For Temperature Rise

17

SDGs

1

Forum

HOST

PEOPLE

Meet the speakers and organizers

KEYNOTE

Christine Parthemore

KEYNOTE

Asle Toje

PANELIST

Lydia A. Omuko-Jung

PANELIST

Aigerim Seitenova

Aigerim Seitenova is a human rights professional from Kazakhstan with more than three years of experience in the civil society sector of Kazakhstan with particular focus on human rights and peace education, youth and feminist activism.

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.

PANELIST

Hyab Yohannes

Hyab Yohannes is a researcher at the University of Glasgow and holder of the UNESCO RILA PhD Scholarship. He worked formerly for entities in Egypt, including UNHCR, IOM, Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), and Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS). In the UK, Hyab worked as a community organiser and refugee education and training adviser. He is currently involved with organisations such as Right to Remain Ltd, and YAS.
Hyab is originally from Eritrea and now a ‘naturalised’ UK citizen, becoming a rights-bearing subject for the first time since he was born. As a former refugee and a researcher, Hyab’s lived, professional and research experience allowed him to bring a unique experience and perspective to the issues facing forced migrants such as refugees, stateless people, and people seeking asylum. He is a Member of the International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council (ISTAC) which assists the work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in combating trafficking in persons.
ORGANIZER

Les Simm

Les Simm founded the International Forum for Understanding and serves as its Executive Director.

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.

ORGANIZER

Heather Wokusch

Meet the Youth Council

CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY

Nour Barakeh

CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY

Mădălina Bot

Mădălina Bot is interested in what could be done with those glimpses of agency in countless structures and systems – is there any place for an honest empowering of individuals? Her background in a diversity of Romanian NGOs and public institutions kept her searching for concrete answers to this generic research question. Currently pursuing a Masters in International Relations at Central European University (CEU), Vienna, she focuses on those lived experiences that are usually left out from institutional analysis.

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.

CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY

Sophia Fehrenbach

DOCUMENTARY MAKER

Manuel Hammelsbeck

After studying journalism and forestry, Manuel Hammelsbeck turned full-time to the camera. As his father had produced documentaries about wolves as early as the 1990s, Manuel trained his photographic eye from an early age.

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.

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

Adina Hibbert

Masters’ student, studying Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security (MA). Undergraduate degree in Medical Science.

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.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Stefan Lercher

Stefan studies Politics, Sociology and East European Studies at University College London. His interest in the subject lies in the contemporary international relations and political-societal issues faced by Eastern European and post-Soviet countries.

Before his studies, Stefan worked as a social care worker for the Jewish Community Prague in the Czech Republic, learning from the diverse histories and lives of all generations in a region marked by constant change. Next to that, he is a representative in the Students’ Union and has engaged on several levels of student representations, conferences and seminars, concerning youth as much as European foreign policy.

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE

Dr. Suad Mohamed

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Christopher Zwölfer

Christopher has previously studied Business, Economics and Social Sciences with a focus on Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is now studying Political Science at the University of Vienna. He has a particular interest in improving lives economically and socially through public policy.

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.

MEDIA AND PRESS

VENUE

Stirling Castle