Normandy Chair for Peace – Making peace with Nature – Mohonk Day 1

An International Peace Conference at the Mohonk Mountain House
In Cooperation with
The International Council of Environmental Law
And the Global Center for Environmental Law of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

18-21 April at Mohonk

UNEP Report “Making Peace with Nature”


Monday, April 18th 

  • 9:30 – 12:30 Open Round-table Conference :  
    Acknowledgement : Lenapi and Lenapehoking 
    Greeting & Introducing Each Participant 
    Antonio Oposa (NCP) and Emilie Gaillard (NCP)
    Nicholas A. Robinson – ICEL
    Louisa Finn – Mohonk Consultations

Overview of conference – Exploring Transformative Action Toward Human Harmony with Nature [Participants invited to select topics in each thematic session to open the sharing of insights for this a round-table consultation ; some interventions will join via ZOOM.] 

Luncheon Break – Informal discussions among participants

  • 15:00 – 17:00 – Critique of Contemporary Legal and Policy Responses to the Crises produced by business as usual practices, set forth in UNEP’s report “Making Peace With Nature” (February 2021)
    Contrasting the motivational effectiveness of: 
    • traditional academic education;
    • General Principles of International Law (the fate of the Global Pact for the environment, and UNGA Res. 73/333))
    • continued legal reforms (such as the multilateral environmental agreements and environmental laws, like EIA or quality controls);
    • adjudication in law suits in national and regional and international courts and tribunals ; 
    • rallying around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
    •  recognizing universal RIGHTS (such as the Human Right to the Environment); 
    •  invoking ethical/religious norms  (such as the Earth Charter);
    • finding new legal norms with sanctions (such as Ecocide); 
    • civil disobedience (such as the Extinction Rebellion); 
    • empowering traditional Indigenous Wisdom through co-stewardship (implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples);
    • inspiring via the arts (such as poetry, music, painting  and film) ; 
    • drawing on human instincts through positive psychology (such as a  Nobel Prize, Haub Award, or the NCP Good Stories movement); 
    • what other responses deserve noting (?). 

Dinner Break – Informa discussions among participants

Evening ProgramFrom fragmentation to Holistic Frameworks – Learning from Indigenous widom, Recognizing Lenape sself-determination ; Transgenerational Human Rights & « Our »  Future Generations ; the « One Health » response to Pandemics ; the Journey of the Universe 
(Guided Discussion)

Making Peace with Nature: an International Peace Conference, convened at the Mohonk Mountain House from April 18th to 21st.

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