Towards a multipolar task force to prevent mass atrocities in the era of geopolitical change, climate threats to security and digital revolution
30 Jul 2020 | Online
– Olivia Lazard, Environmental Peacemaking Expert / Visiting
Researcher, Carnegie Europe / Policy Advisor, EDRC
– Kyle Matthews , Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
– Gyorgy Tatar, Chair, Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention
Ronald A Kingham , Executive Director, Environment & Development Resource Centre
Driven by its mission to narrow the gap between early warning and early action, the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention (BCMAP), in cooperation with the Environment & Development Resource Centre , plans to convene a Multipolar Task Force (MTF) that will explore the risks of mass atrocities in the context of a wider range of geopolitical issues and potential threats to security in the future.
How will climate change and the digital revolution including artificial intelligence impact security challenges? What will these threat multipliers mean for civilian protection? How will they increase risks of mass
atrocities? How can international actors respond to these threats in the course of the ongoing geopolitical changes?
The proposed Multipolar Task Force will aim to generate political will and enhancing of cooperation among the UN Security Council Permanent Member States (P5) which in particular have both the responsibility and the opportunity within the international community to better address the
contemporary challenges, protecting civilians from mass killing and uniting rather than dividing diverse cultures and communities. The goal is to discover actionable responses while utilizing the perspectives of different cultures and the younger generation, who will be most impacted by the challenges that lie ahead.