The peace process in Colombia highlights the need to deepen the dialogue on national and local level. But how dialogue can work in fragmented societies? What are the regional experiences in countries like Guatemala or Mexico which could help to position dialogue as tool for conflict transformation and peace building? International and national experts will analyze dialogue about environmental and social issues and invite the audience to discuss the challenges and opportunities of constructive dialogue in Latin America.
Climate change is having serious impacts on millions of people across the world and affects the full spectrum of human rights. Climate migrants are particularly hard-hit when people lose their livelihoods, homelands and legal entitlements. However, the global climate change and human rights regimes are not easily reconciled. We spoke with Dr. Anja Mihr, human rights researcher and Director of the Center on Governance through Human Rights, about human-rights-based approaches to climate challenges and the role of foreign policy.
A selection of articles and publications on urban development, urban violence, the fragility of cities, urbanization trends and the climate challenges faced by cities.
Former UN climate Chief Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the Paris Agreement, has called on the European Union to step up regulatory action against deforestation in the global south by tackling emissions of imported agricultural goods like beef, soy and palm oil.
The EU is currently negotiating a trade agreement with the four founding members of Mercosur. Negotiations cover a broad range of issues—but 1) do they consider climate change and 2) can compromises on environmental issues be found? In our interview, Christian Hübner, Head of the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change Latin America, notes points of contention and shares how the EU and Mercosur can both benefit from deeper cooperation on energy and climate policy.
While research on climate change and urban violence are independently strong, few efforts have been made to understand the linkages between them. To date, there is little research or analysis on whether, where and how climate change adaptation and urban violence intersect and interact.
As climate change drives more people from rural to urban settings, how will already fragile cities cope? What must be done to ensure that all cities are safe, sustainable places to live?
Climate negotiations take place in climate governance frameworks, under the umbrella of international organizations. Meanwhile, climate action is happening on national, local and non-governmental levels. How are these two instances connected?
French president Emmanuel Macron is set to call for a global pact affirming universal principles for environmental protection at the UN general assembly next week.
On 13 September, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefed the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s 7 September report on the situation in Lake Chad Basin region (S/2017/764). The Council requested the report in resolution 2349, which it adopted on 31 March following its visiting mission to the Lake Chad Basin in early March.
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) adopted the ‘BRICS Leaders’ Xiamen Declaration,’ reaffirming their commitment to fully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, committing to enhance BRICS cooperation on climate change and expand green financing, and agreeing “to take concrete actions to advance result-oriented cooperation in such areas as prevention of air and water pollution, waste management and biodiversity conservation,” among others.
As global temperatures rise, warmer air and oceans are expected to fuel stronger hurricanes, with dangerous consequences.