Law and policy

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.


Topic brief: Law and policy

A brief overview of international legal and policy initiatives relating to conflict and the environment, with timeline and further suggested reading.


Twitter: #PERAC

As has been the case in recent years the pushback against #IHL compliance by states is troubling. Also a reminder of the challenges we face in promoting new obligations to protect the #environment in relation to armed conflicts #PERAC

Negotiations at Red Cross conference shrouded in global politics

Governments reached consensus in the end, but at what cost? Behind the scenes of the deliberations of the world’s largest humanitarian movement.

Fantastic to see the Nordic governments and national societies pledging to continue supporting work on the legal framework protecting the natural #environment in armed conflict with a new pledge @ICRC #RCRC19 #PERAC

We will be briefing UN Security Council Members this afternoon in New York at an Arria-formula meeting on Protection of the Environment during Armed Conflict. You can watch it live at 3pm EST #PERAC

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