Report & Video: Quo Vadis Ukraine?

Report & Video: Quo Vadis Ukraine?

The International Institute for Peace as part of the Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine organized, together with the partner organizations, a Ukraine themed week in December. Therefore various experts were invited on the 11th December 2017 into the facilities of the IIP to figure out the Ukraine’s conflict status quo,  and based on the finding how the situation will evolve in the near future.
Among the panelists were Vasily Astrov (Senior Researcher at Vienna Research Centre for International Economics), Dr. Hannes Swoboda (President of the IIP), Alexander Dubovy (National Defense Academy Vienna) and Oleksi Iakubin (National Technical University of Kiev).  Stephanie Fenkart, Director of the IIP moderated the event.

Report: The Nuclear Ban Treaty

Report: The Nuclear Ban Treaty

Due to the global ban treaty of nuclear weapons, the International Institute for Peace organized a panel discussion in December 2017. The treaty was initiated by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. Since their founding, they established a powerful groundswell of public support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Changes to the normative order of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are underway. Frustrated with decades of political deadlock, on July 7 this year, 122 states voted in favor of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Some months later, on 10th of December, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded ICAN with the Nobel Peace Prize. The agreement was formed against the will of the nuclear weapon states and their alliance partners. The main argument for the holding of these weapons is still it’s deterrent function. Current political situations regarding for example North Korea are often pointed out in that context.

Afternoon Talk with Victor Ochen at UNIDO

Afternoon Talk with Victor Ochen at UNIDO

As a part of his visit to Vienna the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the IIP, the Vienna International Development Network and Aphropean Partners, decided to invite Victor Ochen for an afternoon talk at their headquarters and give him the opportunity to share his inspiring thoughts on topics revolving the establishment of peaceful structures and the connection to industrial development as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As an ambassador for the United Nation’s SDGs and advisor to the UNHCR Victor Ochen is able to give profound insights into the concepts and backgrounds, but, more importantly, into how these goals can be implemented - especially locally and through the inclusion of the youth into decision making processes.

Report: AGENTS OF CHANGE - AFRICAN YOUTH BETWEEN NARRATIVES AND REALITIES

Report: AGENTS OF CHANGE - AFRICAN YOUTH BETWEEN NARRATIVES AND REALITIES

On the 12th of December 2017, the IIP and Act.Now organised - following up on the 4th International Conference NOW on “African Youth and Migration” from September 3-5, 2017 in Kampala, Uganda and a series of Africa-Workshops and public debates organised by the Bruno Kreisky Forum, the VIDC and the IFK from 2016-2017 - a panel discussion on the topic Agents of Change. African Youth Between Narratives and Realities.

Bericht über die EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2017

Bericht über die EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2017

Vom 12-13 Dezember fand in Brüssel die jährliche EU-Konferenz über Nicht-Verbreitung und Abrüstung von Nuklearwaffen statt. In diesem Rahmen fand auch ein Treffen des Netzwerkes von unabhängigen Think-Tanks statt, an dem Angela Kane und Heinz Gärtner für das International Institute for Peace (IIP) und das Österreichische Institut für Internationale Politik (oiip) teilnahmen.