Material Rights in the spotlight at the Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations

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On 24, 25 and 26 September, a high-level panel will come together to discuss the importance of Material Rights and the preservation of the worlds resources during the upcoming Carnegie Peacebuilding Dialogues at the Peace Palace in the Hague. For NIBC, material waste is an aspect that we aim to reduce in our own operations as well as in relation to the financings and investments that we make. By working together with our neighbors at the Peace Palace and taking part in the conversations we hope to promote opportunities for a circular economy.

Massai leader Ezekiel Ole Katato, Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, and author Thomas Rau will join the former Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende for a discussion on materials and material rights. The session will be moderated by CNN’s Nina dos Santos.

Together they will offer different perspectives on the preservation of local ownership of materials for future generations. Materials are scarce and often a source of conflict and poverty. Humankind can and should learn from these lessons of time and seek new solutions to avoid conflict and eliminate waste.

Materials could be a source of peace and sustainability if the paradigm was shifted: ownership could be retained at source and materials could instead become a service. According to former Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende “To be able to secure peace and prosperity in the future, mankind needs to reconsider its relationship with the earth and its natural resouces adopting custodianship as a guiding principle.” Robin Willing, Senior Sustainability Officer at NIBC, adds “The earth’s resources are finite. All organisations have a responsibility to work towards a circular economy, preserving the Earth’s natural resources and ensuring their availability for future generations.”

The discussion is based in part on the work of Thomas Rau and Sabine Oberhuber, authors of “Material Matters” and drafters of the “Universal Declaration of Material Rights”. They advocate for a material passport which creates a registered identity for materials and a set of fundamental rights for materials. In nature, everything is equally important. Materials form the very foundation of life on Earth. Therefore we need to take action to ensure a world in which the resources and materials of our closed system are perpetually available.

The Material Rights session is organised by Maatschappelijke Alliantie together with TurnToo and NIBC. The session is just one of a number of high level discussions on finance and peacebuilding which will take place during the Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations. The Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations aim to generate fresh perspectives on peacebuilding and conflict resolution through dialogue. These will explore how private capital and philanthropic efforts can be effectively tied to public goals to promote peace, now and for generations to come.

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