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"Building back better", not COVID-19, is a silver lining for the climate

07 April, 2020
UN News

Greenhouse gas emissions are down and air quality has gone up, as governments react to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, has cautioned against viewing this as a boon for the environment. In this First Person editorial from UN News, Ms. Andersen calls instead for a profound, systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Global Issues
2

A Green Sponge in the City – Nature-Based Solutions Benefiting Urban Planning

24 March, 2020
Kongjiang Yu, Urbanet

With cities continuously more threatened by climate change-induced disasters, urban planning’s reflex response is to protect cities against nature. But what if the solution lies in working with nature instead against it? Architect Kongjiang Yu invites readers to imagine what cities could look like if they took into account ancient wisdom on spatial planning.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Cities
Climate Change
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation

Region
Global Issues
Asia
3

Mohamed’s Story: The Climate Conflict Trap in the Lake Chad Basin

19 November, 2019
Noah Gordon, adelphi

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Years ago, Mohamed’s family had enough to eat, despite being poor. His daughter owned a vegetable stall at a bustling market in northeastern Nigeria. The family had options: during the dry season, when Lake Chad was shallow, Mohamed could farm; and during the wet season, he could fish or graze his cattle. But then things began to change.

BlogA New Climate for Peace
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Climate Change
Security

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa

4

Organized crime in the Amazon: Illegal mining hotspots

02 October, 2019
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining

Region
Central America & Caribbean
5

Holding criminal spoilers at bay for environment and peace in Colombia

25 July, 2019
Johanna Kleffmann, adelphi

To fight illegal coca plantations and conflict actors’ income sources, Colombia’s president wants to loosen the ban on aerial glyphosate spraying. However, considering the dynamics of organised crime, the use of toxic herbicides will not only fail to achieve its aim, it will have many adverse effects for the environment and human health, fundamentally undermining ways to reach peace in the country. International cooperation and national policy-makers need to account for this peace spoiler.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Civil Society
Conflict Transformation
Security
Sustainable Transformation

Region
South America
6

EVENT SUMMARY: "Climate, Fragility and the SDGs: Lessons from Lake Chad"

24 July, 2019
adelphi

“Climate Security risks will materialise in very different ways and forms, whether we talk about  Lake Chad or about the Arctic, Bangladesh and the Small Island Developing States,” said the EU’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Joao Vale de Almeida, in his opening remarks. “But for the EU, there is no doubt, as underlined in 2016 in our Global Strategy, and reaffirmed by the 28 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, that climate change is a major threat to the security of the EU and to global peace and security more generally,” he said.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
7

Rethinking Foreign Policy to Drive Transformative Change – Side Event in New York

17 July, 2019
Stella Schaller, adelphi

The challenges facing the international community are growing while the willingness to cooperate seems to be waning. Foreign policy must help bridge this gap. One way to accomplish this is by pushing forward a major achievement of multilateralism: the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. At a side event during the 2019 High-Level Political Forum, diplomats and policy experts discussed the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Diplomacy
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Global Issues
8

When agendas align: The SDG Summit and ‘Sustainable Foreign Policy’

15 July, 2019
Stella Schaller, adelphi

Global progress towards achieving the SDGs is slow, and for many targets, off track. While SDG implementation is primarily a national task and responsibility, it also requires concerted international cooperation. This article presents two arguments why foreign policy could play an important role in their achievement.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Diplomacy
Development
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Global Issues
9

Urban Elites’ Livestock Exacerbate Herder-Farmer Tensions in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel

14 June, 2019
Matt Luizza

In recent years, conflict between herders and farmers for access to increasingly scarce natural resources in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel has escalated. While the problems fueling these tensions are both hyper-local and transnational in nature, one important piece of the puzzle has been overlooked. The real “elephant in the room” is who owns the livestock.

BlogA New Climate for Peace
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Civil Society
Conflict Transformation
Environment & Migration
Security

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa

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