In recognition of the growing security concerns posed by climate change, the German Presidency of the Security Council for July 2011 took the initiative to further entrench the topic within the United Nations framework by calling an Open Debate on the impact of climate change on the maintenance of international peace and security.
On 28 September 2012, during the General Debate of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, the German and Moroccan Permanent Missions to the UN organised a side event on climate change and international security.
In February 2013, the Security Council once again took up the issue of climate change. Pakistan and the United Kingdom convened an Arria-formula meeting; a flexible, informal format designed to allow Security Council members together with other UN Member States to be briefed on the topic by experts in the field and provide space for an open exchange of views.
The Climate Security Dialogues were created in cooperation with the KlimaCampus and Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) at the University of Hamburg as a forum to discuss the impacts of a shifting climate in times of political, economic and demographic transformation. Recognising that the transfer of scientific knowledge is crucial for the policy community and for evidence-based decision-making, the dialogues aimed to bridge the science – policy gap, and promote concrete cooperation at the regional level:
What are geopolitical challenges of climate change impacts in the Pacific Islands region and how should we address them? How would a regional vision towards climate resilience and sustainable growth look like? With these questions, adelphi convened a high-ranking panel "Climate Diplomacy - foreign policy challenges in the context of climate change in the Pacific Islands region" at the UN SIDS Conference in Samoa on September 3rd 2014.
Given water’s importance for human life and prosperity, transboundary freshwater basins are both a source of conflict risks and a chance for institutionalizing cooperative behavior. International donors often justify their support for transboundary water cooperation as a contribution to peace-building and regional integration, yet positive political spillovers from technical cooperation on water have frequently proven elusive.
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC is taking place from 30 November - 11 December 2015 in Paris, France.
The US and China’s commitments to reduce carbon emissions give cause for optimism, but it is increasingly clear that national mitigation commitments will not together prevent dangerous anthropogenic climate change. The 19th Annual Chatham House Climate Change Conference will assess what steps can be taken to complete a deal and, looking beyond Paris, consider what global mechanisms are required to ensure ambitious long term climate action.
The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit to 11:00 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis at 9:00 am.
Actions and commitments are nowhere near the needed level of ambition to halt dangerous climate change, even though progress has been made in bringing the topic of climate change mitigation on the agenda of policy makers and more than 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions are already subject to national reduction or limitation policies.
The Andean countries will face a series of significant challenges posed by climate change, and will be among those most severely affected. Structural factors further deepen the region’s vulnerability. On 23 January 2012, experts from academia, civil society and public policy from the Andes met in Bogotá to discuss the interlinkages between climate and security in the region.
The countries of the Southern Africa will be among the most severely affected by climate change. Rising temperatures and sea levels as well as declining precipitation will challenge food, water and energy security in the Southern African countries. On 23 September 2011, 30 experts from Southern Africa, the African Union, Germany and UK gathered to discuss the security implications of climate change for the region. The Dialogue was organized by OneWorld, adelphi and the Institute for Security Studies, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” will take place at UNESCO and UPMC (Paris) in July 2015.
The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this high-level event, with the aim of giving momentum and adding impetus to efforts to reach a global agreement in 2015 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).