The Margaret Cleeve Lecture is in honour of Margaret Cleeve, who worked at Chatham House for nearly 30 years as editor of International Affairs and Acting Director during the Second World War. Margaret Cleeve left a lasting legacy to Chatham House and a new Margaret Cleeve Circle welcomes supporters who have pledged to Chatham House with a gift in their will.
Two decades after the end of its 27 year long civil war Angola is still grappling with the legacy of conflict as one of the most land mine contaminated countries in the world. Clearing these remnants of war is a pre-requisite for community driven environmental conservation to protect the nation’s vital biodiversity and headwaters of the unique Okavango Delta. It is also a vital step towards enabling broad based economic growth and diversification. Progress on clearance was under threat as international financial support waned considerably over time.
In 2019 the Angolan government announced at Chatham House that it would commit $60 million towards land mine clearance, the first country on the continent to make such a commitment to lead its own efforts, and which further unlocked additional support from foreign governments and the private sector. The announcement and call to action by HRH the Duke of Sussex, represented the culmination of years of research and engagement with policymakers by Chatham House, and highlighted how the institute positively works towards its mission statement of a peaceful and prosperous world.
This event will bring together global actors involved in de-mining and conservation to reflect on the importance of mine clearance for conservation, how it supports economic diversification to underpin lasting peace, and the important role that research institutes have in informing decision makers.
This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on the future of conflict.