The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries depend on imports for 80-90 percent of their food, and most of it has to be brought in through two shipping routes that could close due to regional conflicts or political pressure, Chatham House warned.
Todd Stern, US special envoy for climate change... argued, in a speech at Chatham House, for a large degree of flexibility in the talks, allowing nations to set their own emissions targets. He suggested that rather than a rigid system like the Kyoto protocol, putting pressure on countries through the weight of public opinion could be more effective.
Instability in the Middle East is the biggest threat to food security in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, because most of their imports must pass through maritime choke points, Chatham House said.
It is not usual for these meetings to have the same level of rhetoric as this one, so it does heighten expectations, said Tim Summers.
David Heymann is chairman of Public Health England, a role he took after leaving his post as assistant director-general for health security at the World Health Organisation in 2009... Heymann also runs the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House.
he spike in violence is different from that seen at the height of the Sunni-Shia conflict in 2007, said Hayder Al-Khoei. 'What’s happening now is not the same thing. The overwhelming majority of the violence is being carried out by Al-Qaida against both Sunni and Shia Iraqis.'
But Shell said in its statement that SPDC cannot control the joint investigation process, since it involves representatives of regulatory bodies, the Ministry of Environment, the Nigerian Police Force, the state government and affected communities. The company cited a recent report from Chatham House that said an average of 100,000 barrels of oil were stolen each day in the first quarter of this year.