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).
Human migration and the environment are two of the most pressing issues of our times. But what is at stake when these two phenomena are articulated as a singular relation? By asking this and many other questions, this conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for scholars, policymakers, practitioners and artists to chart out the next generation of research on human migration and the environment.