How Nationalists Win the Debate on the UN Migration Pact

In his book Don’t think of an Elephant cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains how the language used in political debates often predetermines the outcomes of those debates. The reason for this is that different ways of describing something induce in…

Interview with Canadian Ambassador at COP23

By Perla Hernández, Simon Kran Christensen and Jonas Lembeck During the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP23), the a delegation of the IFLRY Climate Change Programme met with Stéphane Dion, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Justin…

IFLRY @ COP23: It’s all about Oceans

Oceans play a crucial role in the regulation of the earth’s climate. That is why Melvin John & Ina Djuren, who attended the first week of COP23 on behalf of IFLRY, used the conference to get deeper insights into the…

Climate Change: Staying below 1.5 ºC, why it’s important for Canada?

Climate change is a hot topic. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, cities and states have vowed to step up.  It is also time for other nations to step up on climate commitments. Earth’s average…

IFLRY at UN Climate Conference in Bonn

Over the past two weeks, the international policy, scientific and NGO community came together at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, and participated in the SB46 (Subsidiary Body 46) of the UNFCCC. A delegation of IFLRY had the privilege…

The Long Journey Towards the Reunification of Cyprus

Cyprus has been home to many different civilizations, ruled by many kingdoms and colonized by several countries. The last country to colonize all of Cyprus was the United Kingdom. In 1960 the country of Cyprus declared its independence and, though…

How Finland’s Complicated Relationship With Russia Makes It a Peace-Builder Nation

Everything follows from the Finnish–Russian relationship, which is twofold. The story begins with the role of Russia in Finnish history. Although there have been some conflicts between the two peoples, many Finns have a lot of positive things to say…

IFLRY conquering world politics: #2 From Strasbourg to New York – Christian Scharling

This article is written as a diary piece, giving a personal view on the busy schedule of an IFLRY President. This article follows IFLRY President Christian Scharling on his trip to New York for the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum. …

Human Rights Have No Gender, but Women Are Particularly Vulnerable – Laura Neijenhuis

In her introductory speech for the Women’s Rights Award 2016, Anne Brasseur, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, underlined how important fighting for Human Rights is. “Betraying and losing our values is betraying and losing…

Rethinking the Global Refugee Crisis – Umar Ramzan

I’ll never forget my reaction the first time I visited a refugee camp; Zaatari, nearby the city of Al-Mafraq in Jordan. The feelings of profound shock at witnessing the endless line of people desperately walking towards the camp, seeking refuge,…