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Climate Change and the New Humanitarianism

Baschiera, Dan (2009). Climate Change and the New Humanitarianism. In: 20th Asia Pacific Social Work Conference, Sky City Auckland Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 11-13 November 2009.

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IRMA ID 78669337xPUB1
Author Baschiera, Dan
Title Climate Change and the New Humanitarianism
Conference Name 20th Asia Pacific Social Work Conference
Conference Location Sky City Auckland Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Conference Dates 11-13 November 2009
Publication Year 2009
Total Pages 15
HERDC Category E2 - Conference Publication - Full written paper, non refereed proceedings (internal)
Abstract The new Humanitarianism evolved in the 1970's as the 'without borders' philosophy in humanitarian work broke through the codified principles of the Red Cross and began to challenge the political contract where a 'caring for community/citizenship' is found to be abrogated. In context the new humanitarianism maintains that all humanitarian crises are the direct result of political failure in one form or another. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005. 184 Parties of the Convention have ratified its Protocol to date. Australia with arguably more of a focus on fiscal economics has had a reputation of dragging its feet with the Australian Prime Minister finally signing the instrument of ratification on 3 December 2007, now some ten years after the ,protocol was adopted. In light of the tragic Victorian bush fires, and its ramification in human cost, this paper will explore whether the denials, debates and delays in re-strategizing to meet the challenge of global warming constitutes a breach of political contract to the communities living with the increasing volatility of the Australian environment. Kyoto was ten years ago, Jacques Cousteau was warning about global warming in the 1960's - how long and how many lives does it take in a developed country to realize an agenda of real political responsibility in global warming?
Keyword Humanitarianism
Complex emergency
Political contract
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