Oslo Pax with clear climate message to the UN

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center 

Christiana Figueres handed over a list of seven demands to the UN Climate Summit after the conference Oslo Pax today. For two days, young activists, experts, politicians and Nobel laureates, invited by the Nobel Peace Center, have rallied in Oslo to discuss how climate change affects peace and security.

During the conference Oslo Pax it was stated that the dramatic climate change the world is facing, threatens peace and security in many parts of the world. On this background, the Nobel Peace Center for the first time gathered young activists, experts, decision makers and Nobel laureates to a call for action for peace and climate change.

The mission of Oslo Pax is to create an arena where these groups could meet and discuss concrete solutions for peace and against climate disruption. Among the speakers were Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman, Amnesty International's general secretary Kumi Naidoo, President of the Norwegian Red Cross Robert Mood, Cicero's director Kristin Halvorsen and climate activist Penelope Lea.

-The next ten years will decide the future of this planet and of humanity. We are sitting with the pen in our hand - we can write the story, said Christiana Figueres. The former UN Diplomat, who oversaw the Paris agreement, was chair of Oslo Pax.

Together with young activists Kelsey Juliana, Morgane Ollier and Sofie Nordvik she has formulated a list of demands to the UN Climate Summit 23. september. Sofie Nordvik, Norway's youth delegate to the summit, will hand the demands over to the UN Secretary General.

-I am grateful that the Nobel Peace Center has been able to gather young and older, experts and activists and let them think out new solutions together. They have a clear message - and the world is going to hear it, said excecutive director Liv Tørres.

Oslo Pax is a new, yearly peace conference by the Nobel Peace Center. This year's event was supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

About the Nobel Peace Center

  • one of Norway's most visited museums, with more than 200.000 visitors per year, including school groups
  • presents the story of Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work
  • is situated in the heart of Oslo, near the City Hall
  • Kjersti Fløgstad is the Executive Director, Olav Njølstad is Chair of the Board
  • Main partners are Hydro and Reitan Retail

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