The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will host the International Raw Materials Conference "Assuming Responsibility - Promoting Sustainability in the Raw Materials Sector" together with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Berlin from 10 to 11 November 2015.
Sustaining and strengthening local livelihoods is one of the most fundamental challenges faced by post-conflict countries. By degrading the natural resources that are essential to livelihoods and by significantly hindering access to those resources, conflict can wreak havoc on the ability of war-torn populations to survive and recover.
The African Union Border Programme (AUBP), supported by the GIZ and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU), invites contributions to a colloquium on African Borders on 29th and 30th October 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Following the 1st Colloquium on African Border Management in October 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the AUBP supported by the GIZ and in cooperation with the IPSS will hold a second colloquium to scientifically examine:
Natural resources often lie at the heart of wars and civil strife. Global trends such as population growth, climate change and environmental degradation place a significant, and often unsustainable pressure on the natural resource base, such as minerals, land and water. Good governance of natural resources and environmental protection are seen as key ingredients for peace and post-conflict development. This international academic conference will focus on the role of natural resources in preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict.
The conference invites supporting and opposing papers on defining peacebuilding, with a focus on environmental peace. Yet, the conference also questions whether peacebuilding, or 'peace infrastructure', as a concept, term and plan for implementation, is any different to previous, much-maligned concepts of 'tick-box peacebuilding' that prefers bureaucratic and economic 'solutions' to often social and cultural problems.
World Water Week 2015 will meet under the theme ‘Water for Development,' with experts, practitioners, decision makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries coming together to network, exchange ideas, stimulate innovative thinking and develop solutions to water-related challenges. The Week will include 160 events and eight workshops to discuss issues related to financing, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), integrity, gender, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management.
This report by Australia’s Centre For Policy Development (CPD) outlines vital actions Australia’s defence establishment can take now to manage climate security risks prudently.
This research paper takes as its starting point the idea that neither conflict nor peace is an inevitable consequence of resource development in fragile or conflict-affected settings.
La Buena Vida- The Good Life (2015) tells the story of the small community Tamaquito in Guajíra, Columbia resisting the relocation plans of a coal mining company.
Natural Resources and Conflicts: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners. Nairobi. New York.
Natural resources governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. IIED Country Report. London.
Pro-poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates. Addressing vulnerabilities in rural Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ecuador and India. IASS Study. Potsdam.
Encouraging Peace-building through Better Environmental and Natural Resource Management. Briefing paper EER BP 2013/04. Chatham House.
Scoping Paper: Mining and Metals in a Sustainable World. Mining & Metals Industry Partnership in collaboration with Accenture. February 2014.