The Parliamentarians for Peace (P4P) compose a transnational and transpartisan network of 15 members of national parliaments committed to improving peace governance. Created and curated by the Open Diplomacy Institute, this program is powered by the Normandy World Peace Forum.
The 2021 P4P are currently working on the next Peace Policy Platform. Based on principles of international cooperation agreed upon across national and political boundaries, this Platform will refer to solutions addressing the most pressing international challenges.
On May 4th, the Open Diplomacy Institute gathered the Parliamentarians for Peace for a working session focused on the global governance of climate change and environmental threats.
The group auditioned Dr Rodolfo Lacy, Director for the Environment at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and former Vice Minister of Environmental Policy and Planning of Mexico.
Together, they discussed the economic implications of climate change and agreed on the importance of international cooperation to support the green transition, through technology transfers and strengthened economic instruments. “We are running out of time. Our economies must urgently realise the transition towards a more resilient and sustainable model”, emphasized Dr Lacy.
Then, the Parliamentarians for Peace welcomed Dr Musonda Mumba, Director of the United Nations Development Program’s Rome Centre for Sustainable Development, who emphasized the intersectionality of the climate crisis with other major global issues. “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every tier of the Sustainable Development Goals” highlighted Dr Mumba, drawing on the implications of a ‘green recovery’ regarding biodiversity, land preservation but also food security and energy transition.
“As Parliamentarians, we need to move past the outdated economic models unsuitable for the collective challenges we face, and ground our decisions and actions in equality, care and cooperation with a particular focus on social and climate justice” concluded Irish Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, as the P4P prepared their recommendations on environmental issues for the Peace Policy Platform - which will be presented at the fourth Normandy for Peace Forum.