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Since 2009, there has been renewed international interest in efforts to enhance the weak legal framework intended to protect the environment in relation to armed conflicts (PERAC). The topic is currently under consideration by the UN’s International Law Commission, it is being addressed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, and has also been the feature of resolutions at the UN Environment Assembly. Meanwhile, wider questions around environmental security are increasingly on the agenda of the UN Security Council.

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On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Global messages marking #EnvConflictDay 2023

To mark the United Nation’s International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment Through War and Armed Conflict 2023 – #EnvConflictDay, we invited friends and colleagues from areas affected by armed conflicts to share a message. Here’s what they wrote. 

Twitter: #PERAC

If this becomes a tangible step towards criminal accountability for environmental damage during armed conflicts is could prove a significant step. However, the very high thresholds for what constitutes unlawful damage may remain a major barrier. #PERAC #intlaw

Interested in the legal framework protecting the environment in relation to armed conflicts #PERAC, and the environmental consequences of the war in #Ukraine? Follow @Gromada_Ukraine for an opportunity to take part in a summer school in #Hamburg this year. #IntLaw #IHL

Huge thanks to @OfficialZSL for hosting yesterday's workshop on the relationship between armed conflicts and #biodiversity loss. Fascinating country experience from the attendees, as well as conservation, military and legal perspectives. Looking forward to further talks. #PERAC.

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