2016 was an exciting year for the ECC Exhibition, as it visited many countries and received high-ranking backing. Translated into several languages, the ECC Exhibition travelled across the globe as part of the Climate Diplomacy initiative, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The Exhibition was hosted by political institutions, universities and it was even displayed in a park. Two modules celebrated a worldwide premiere, together with great new interactive features, based on the online version launched in 2015. We are happy to share the following highlights:
As the World Bank starts shuttle diplomacy between New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve the latest dispute over the Indus Waters Treaty, officials in both India and Pakistan reiterate their support to the treaty itself.
Climate change poses numerous challenges for international river basins that are likely to intensify in the decades to come. These challenges will have significant socio-economic and political repercussions. Ensuring sustainable development and political stability in these basins, therefore requires effective adaptation to the impacts of climate change. To overcome existing shortcomings and strengthen adaptive capacities, the water (cooperation) and climate communities should engage proactively and seek to create synergies between their instruments. Foreign policymakers should support them in this process.
The race is on for Saudi Arabia to find new sources of income before the oil age peters out. Could acting on climate change cause some of the world’s wealthiest countries to collapse into disorder and danger?
2017 promises to be a key year for U.S. government leadership on a variety of issues.
The Climate Congress 2017, convened by Allied Academies, is an event which brings together international academic scientists, young researchers, and students to share experience, gain and evaluate emerging technologies in climate change/global warming. The main theme of the conference is “Innovative research Supporting effective responses to climate change”.
Climate change and violent extremism will be two of the major threats to the stability of states and societies in the next decades. In many African countries climate change has significantly increased instability by over-stretching the already limited capacity of governments to respond. UNDP Team Leader Aliou M. Dia shares his insights from West Africa and argues that one has to ensure that violence and conflict prevention measures are fully integrated in climate change adaptation plans and programmes.
The world's foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations, the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction was first held in 2007. It takes place every two years, with the 2015 edition rolled into the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Its fifth session will be held in May 2017 in Mexico.
Over 80 percent of countries consider environmental crime a national priority, with most recognizing that new and more sophisticated criminal activities are increasingly threatening peace and security. INTERPOL and UN Environment surveyed close to 70 countries for their latest joint report on the issue.
The theme of ECCA 2017 is "Our Climate Ready Future". The vision is that this conference will inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We will bring together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers.
The complexity of climate change means that appropriate approaches, methods and tools to communicate the problem and its various ramifications are urgently needed.
The “World Symposium on Climate Change Communication” will focus on “communicating climate change across society”, hence providing a platform for reflections on climate change communication research and practice.
The International Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems and Climate Change "ECOLOGY '17" will be held at Nippon Meeting Halls in Istanbul. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and will be organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions).