War Crimes Prosecutor Would Not Focus On US Forces In New Afghan Probe

War Crimes Prosecutor Would Not Focus On US Forces In New Afghan Probe
Amsterdam: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday said he was seeking approval to resume a war crimes investigation into Afghanistan, focusing on the actions of the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) militia.A statement said the request was being made to the court’s judges in light of developments since the Islamist Taliban movement seized control of Afghanistan in a lightning advance last month.Prosecutors had previously also looked into suspected crimes by US forces and Afghan government troops. But Karim Khan, six months into his nine-year tenure, said they would now “deprioritise” that element due to lack of resources, and instead focus on “the scale and nature of crimes within the jurisdiction of the court”.Afghan human rights activist Horia Mosadiq, who has been helping victims to support the ICC probe for many years, called the announcement “an insult to thousands of other victims of crimes by Afghan government forces and US and NATO forces”.The ICC had already spent 15 years looking into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan before opening a full investigation last year.But that probe was put on hold by the Afghan government, which said it was investigating the crimes itself. The Hague-based ICC is a court of last resort, intervening only when a member country is unable or unwilling to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.Khan said the fall of the internationally recognised Afghan government and its replacement by the Taliban represented a “significant change of circumstances”.”After reviewing matters carefully, I have reached the conclusion that, at this time, there is no longer the prospect of genuine and effective domestic investigations … within Afghanistan,” his statement said.UPHILL BATTLEThe court had found there was a reasonable basis to believe war crimes had been committed between 2003 and 2014, among them suspected mass killings of civilians by the Taliban, as well as suspected torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by US forces and the US CIA.But the United States is not a party to the ICC, and imposed sanctions against the office of the prosecutor for investigating the role of US. forces. Shifting the focus of the probe could help mend the court’s relationship with Washington.A lawyer who represents Afghan victims of suspected U.S. torture in the ICC investigation said the narrowing of its focus was “deeply flawed”.”Allowing powerful states to get away (with) multi-year, multi-continent torture against so many, feeds impunity for all,” she said on Twitter.Judges will now review the request.If approved, the investigation will face an uphill battle to gather evidence, as the Taliban rulers appear unlikely to cooperate in the same way as the governments in place since the Taliban’s last period in power ended in 2001.The Taliban administration in Kabul could not immediately be reached for comment.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com”Early indications suggest that their policies on matters related to criminal justice and other material considerations are unlikely to conform to those adopted since 2002,” Khan said in his submission to the court.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Special Annual Meeting in Singapore to Take Place in August 2021

Special Annual Meeting in Singapore to Take Place in August 2021
Adrian Monck, Managing Director, Public Engagement, public.affairs@weforum.org 中文 Geneva, 3 February 2021 – The World Economic Forum Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore will convene on 17-20 August. The meeting follows the success of the Forum’s virtual Davos Agenda in January, which brought together world leaders from government, business and society. The Special Annual Meeting 2021 was scheduled for 25-28 May. Although the World Economic Forum and Government of Singapore remain confident of the measures in place to ensure a safe and effective meeting, and local transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore remains at negligible levels, the change to the meeting’s timing reflects the international challenges in containing the pandemic. Current global travel restrictions have made planning difficult for an in-person meeting in the first half of the year. Furthermore, differing quarantine and air transport regulations have increased the lead time necessary to ensure that participants globally can make arrangements to join. The Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore in August will be the first global leadership summit to address the challenges of recovering from the pandemic and laying the basis for a more inclusive and sustainable world. It will bring leaders face-to-face to focus on shaping solutions to the most pressing challenges of our times. “A global leadership summit needs the participation of all global stakeholders,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “The Special Annual Meeting in Singapore in August will provide the place for leaders from business, government and civil society to come together to address the steps for global recovery.” Notes to editorsRe-play sessions from the Davos AgendaRead the Forum Agenda also in French | Spanish | Mandarin | JapaneseCheck out the Forum’s Strategic Intelligence Platform and Transformation MapsFollow the Forum via Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | TikTok | Weibo | Podcasts | @wef @davosForum videos | photosLearn about the Forum’s impactSubscribe to Forum news releases

Paris Blockchain Week Summit Announces Its 2020 Speaker Lineup

Paris Blockchain Week Summit Announces Its 2020 Speaker Lineup
Paris Blockchain Week Summit Announces Its 2020 Speaker LineupFollowing a Successful First Year, Global Conference to Feature Prominent Speakers in Politics, Technology, Business and Finance, with support from Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and FinanceParis, France – January 16th, 2020 – Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS), the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space, has announced the primary speaker lineup for its upcoming event on March 31 – April 1, 2020.Following a successful first edition last spring that attracted more than 1,700 attendees from 57 different nationalities, more than 100 media figures, and featured 130+ speakers, PBWS 2020 will take place at Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus and incubator. PBWS will once again feature the most renowned figures in the emerging technology space, with this year’s event expected to attract 2,500 French and international industry professionals. Organized byWoorton, Chain Accelerator and Datalents, the event will be opened and supported by Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and Finance.Michael Amar, Co-Host of Paris Blockchain Week Summit, commented: “Recently, the PACTE Law came into effect in France, which represents an immense opportunity for innovative companies operating in the sector. PACTE outlines an action plan for business growth and transformation, providing a regulatory framework for the crypto economy that brings much needed legal certainty. Our goal with PBWS 2020 is to bring a world-class event to France, and foster the growth of the ecosystem as a whole. We look forward to welcoming our international speakers, partners and attendees to take part – and stay tuned for more details on what to expect in March!”PBWS will showcase the French regulatory framework and ecosystem, while fostering the ongoing development of the blockchain space. Renowned speakers from the most prominent blockchain and crypto-asset organizations will take the main stage to present the latest advances in the industry and their sentiment in four tracks: Tech Builders, Open Finance, Enterprise Blockchain and Public Policy. Some key topics addressed on stage include stablecoins, crypto lending platforms, DAOs, governance, developer communities, collectibles and decentralized mobility.More than 100 international speakers from varied sectors including politics, technology, business and finance will present at the event, including: Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy and Finance; Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs; Dr. Jutta Steiner, Founder & CEO of Parity Technologies; Ryan Selkis, Co-Founder and CEO of Messari; Bertrand Perez, President of Libra Association; Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer atCoinShares; Paul Brodsky, Partner at Pantera Capital; Kathleen Breitman, Co-Founder of Coase; David Rutter, Founder and CEO of R3 and Arthur Breitman, Co-Founder of Tezos.Wei Zhou, CFO of Binance and Speaker at PBWS 2019, concluded: “PBWS is doing an amazing job at galvanizing our industry in France.”Furtherdetailsontheotherspeakersannouncedtodaycanbefoundatpbwsummit.com/speakers.###Michael Amar, Co-Host of Paris Blockchain Week Summit, is available for interviews.About Paris Blockchain Week SummitThe second annual Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) will be held at Station F in the French capital on March 31 – April 1, 2020. First launched in April 2019, PBWS was the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space. The event is organized by leading emerging technology companies and organizations: Chain Accelerator, Woorton and Datalents. Supported by some of the leading figures in tech and politics, PBWS will accelerate the growth of blockchain and digital assets in France and beyond. The first confirmed event partners are La French Tech, Digital Currency Group, Tezos, Cognizant, Web3 Foundation, Algorand, PwC, Chainalysis, Bitpanda, KPMG, Nomadic Labs, Celsius Network, ZenGo, Blockchain Chamber of Commerce, BitCherry, Neokids, New York Exchange Coin, Orbit Network, PRIViLEDGE, Medwish, MyReflet, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Just Mining, Globitex, NLV8, La Parisienne Assurances, Feel Mining.Media Contact:Eoin McGinleySenior Consultant // Wachsmaneoin.mcginley@wachsman.com // +353 (87) 344 4938

Seventh Summit on the Global Agenda Aimed at Shaping the Transformations of the World

Seventh Summit on the Global Agenda Aimed at Shaping the Transformations of the World
Oliver Cann, Director, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 (0)79 799 3405 E-mail: Oliver.Cann@weforum.orgOver 1,000 members of the world’s foremost community of experts gather in Dubai to generate insight and action to address the most pressing and critical global challengesThree-day Summit is held in partnership with the Government of the United Arab Emirates and marks the fifth time the Summit has been held in DubaiMore information about the Summit is available hereDubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 November 2014 – The seventh Summit on the Global Agenda opens tomorrow in Dubai, convening over 1,000 globally recognized experts from academia, government, business, civil society and the media under the theme, Shaping the Transformations of the World. Held in partnership with the Government of the United Arab Emirates, the co-chairs of the Summit are Sultan Saeed Nasser Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, and Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director-General, Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.This year’s Summit marks the fifth time that it will have been held in Dubai, and the seventh successive year it will have been hosted in the United Arab Emirates. It also comes at a critical juncture in global, regional and industry agendas, as instability and disruption continue to pose unprecedented challenges to world leaders.Thought leaders attending the Summit each belong to one of 80 Global Agenda Councils, each of which is mandated to originate solutions and opportunities for a specific global, regional or industry challenge. These 80 councils are complemented by six meta-councils, which comprise experts from across the Network of Global Agenda Councils to address wider issues beyond the remit of any one individual council.Innovations at this year’s Summit include the inaugural GAC Vision Award, designed to recognize councils that have achieved breakthrough results in the previous two-year term. Another innovation is Future Circles, a strategic policy retreat that is taking place after the Summit and pairs experts from the network with senior leaders from the UAE government to generate insights that will contribute to the UAE’s transformation. The Summit will also boast an unprecedented public agenda, with over five press conferences webcast live and two television debates.“The Global Agenda Councils, with well over 1,000 members, have become the largest global expert network in the world. It is absolutely vital, in the context of an interconnected complex world, to have a place where the best minds come together in an interdisciplinary way to share their expertise, to look for solutions and to propose action. I have seen again and again how discussions here in Dubai have impacted the thinking of global leaders. It is our ambition, together with the government of the UAE, to make the meeting of the Global Agenda Councils a reference for collaborative efforts of experts from business, politics and civil society to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges facing the world,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum.“In today’s world we cannot function in isolation, which is why the Summit on Global Agenda has assumed such relevance. By hosting the Summit, the UAE is presenting to the world our own initiatives and strategic approaches in sustaining our growth momentum. As the UAE brainstorms for a better world, sharing the success of the UAE in creating a growth environment will be invaluable in finding effective solutions to crisis situations and redefining the world’s development agenda,” said Sultan Saeed Nasser Al Mansoori.“We see the Summit on the Global Agenda as an endorsement of Dubai’s role in generating transformational ideas that will shape a brighter and more inclusive tomorrow. As we host this Summit in Dubai once again, we see this as an opportunity to showcase our growth model before the world. We feel this is the perfect platform to inspire other emerging economies to make sincere efforts towards generating prosperity and happiness in their societies,” said Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi.Notes to EditorsThe Host broadcaster for the Summit is Dubai Media Corp.Everything about this year’s Summit: http://wef.ch/gac14Download the Event App for Summit on the Global Agenda 2014 with GAC14 as passwordView the best pictures of the Summit on Flickr at http://wef.ch/gac14pixFollow the Forum on Twitter at http://wef.ch/twitter and key quotes from the Summit http://wef.ch/livetweetTwitter users, please use the hashtag #globalagenda for all tweets about the event and #WEF about the ForumFollow tweets from participants on our twitter list at https://twitter.com/wef/lists/gac-14Live stream of sessions: http://wef.ch/liveBecome a fan of the Forum on Facebook at http://wef.ch/facebookFollow the Forum on Instagram at http://wef.ch/instagramFollow the Forum on Google+ at http://wef.ch/gplusWatch sessions on demand on YouTube at http://wef.ch/youtubeRead insights from our guest bloggers on the Forum:Blog at http://wef.ch/blogSubscribe to our News releases: http://wef.ch/newsShare this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)

Tropical Forest Alliance Annual Meeting Sees Milestones in National and Global Commitments to Tackling Deforestation

Tropical Forest Alliance Annual Meeting Sees Milestones in National and Global Commitments to Tackling Deforestation
Yann Zopf, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 79 204 1610, Email: yzo@weforum.org The Tropical Forest Alliance, hosted by the World Economic Forum, has concluded its Annual Meeting in Bogotá, Colombia Outcomes from the meeting include two major initiatives by the Colombian government, including a new $20 million fund to promote low-carbon investment and a commitment to eliminate deforestation from meat and dairy production in the country The German government also joined the Alliance More information on the Tropical Forest Alliance here Geneva, Switzerland, 13 May 2019 – The World Economic Forum’s Tropical Forest Alliance annual meeting, which has concluded in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, has seen a number of commitments that will contribute to the Alliance’s goal of protecting the world’s tropical rainforests. The meeting took place the same week world scientists warned that deforestation was one of the key drivers of ecological collapse, with up to 1 million species at risk of extinction (according to the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – IPBES report). The meeting convened over 200 leaders from government, business and civil society and was co-hosted by the Colombian government. With over 50% of its land area forested, Colombia has the second-highest biodiversity density in the world after Brazil. Important outcomes from the meeting included: The launch by the Colombian government of a $20 million BioCarbon Fund aimed at reducing deforestation and degradation, promoting smart agriculture and sustainable land use – the funding corresponds to commitments by the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom The Colombian government’s successful conclusion of an agreement with the meat and dairy industries to eliminate deforestation – the two strategic sectors complement existing agreements on cocoa and palm oil in the country The German government, through the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), joined the Tropical Forest Alliance Among other outcomes from the meeting were agreements to promote South-South cooperation at the national and sub-national level. These groups, along with business and civil society leaders, have agreed to hold a special meeting during the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in September. In his address to the Alliance, the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, expressed strong commitment to stop tropical deforestation. The actions and commitment of the Colombian government mark an important milestone in the global fight against deforestation. Deforestation has actually increased in the country since the peace agreement was signed and, in response, the government has developed an integrated strategy that involves fighting illegality, advancing deforestation-free supply chains, promoting restoration and implementing an innovative carbon tax. Colombia will join a growing list of countries determined to champion the role of nature-based solutions to address climate change in New York in September. “It’s quite simple. Life on earth isn’t possible without forests because they are integral to ecosystems and livelihoods around the world. While the original commitment was to eliminate deforestation from commodity supply chains by 2020, companies and governments have made important progress to enhance transparency and clean up supply chains over the last decade. It is only by coming together and harnessing the power of the full Alliance to force through real systemic change that protecting our forests for future generations can be achieved,” said Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance. “Colombia is proud to host this meeting to showcase how we are advancing to differentiate our production of palm oil and cocoa as deforestation-free on the world stage, and to take the beef and dairy supply chains along that same route. Currently we face a spike of deforestation in the Colombian Amazon and the TFA meeting provided an opportunity to involve companies in reversing these trends by understanding their supply chains and working to eliminate any trace of deforestation from them. Thus, the private sector can be part of the solution and help us tackle this complex problem,” said Roberto Esmeral,Vice-Minister of Territorial Environmental Planning of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia. In 2010, members of the Consumer Goods Forum, including many major food and consumer goods companies, committed to end deforestation in key supply chains. Governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous people’s organizations further strengthened commitments in 2014 by endorsing the New York Declaration on Forests, which called for halving global deforestation rates by 2020 and ending it by 2030. The Tropical Forest Alliance was brought into the World Economic Forum in 2015 to accelerate action on deforestation in the run-up to 2020 and beyond. Notes to editors: Learn more about the Tropical Forest Alliance: www.tfa2020.org/en/ View the best photos from the event at http://wef.ch/pix Read the Forum Agenda in English at http://wef.ch/agenda or in Spanish at http://wef.ch/agenda_es Become a fan of the Forum on Facebook at http://wef.ch/facebook Watch our videos at http://wef.ch/video Follow the Forum on Twitter via @wef Follow our Instagram at http://wef.ch/instagram Follow us on LinkedIn at http://wef.ch/linkedin Learn about the Forum’s impact on http://wef.ch/impact Subscribe to Forum news releases at http://wef.ch/news