Wondering where COVID-19, climate change and conflict intersect? Find out in new report. Multilateralism’s worth stands out amid pandemic stress test. Biden’s victory, John Kerry’s appointment are good news for climate action, but America remains deeply divided. Meanwhile, destruction of the Amazon is wiping out archaeological sites and ancient knowledge on forest protection – climate diplomacy can help. In the Middle East, a Green Blue Deal brings prospects of regional cooperation.
New essay series 21st Century Diplomacy makes clear: foreign policy is climate policy. Find out why the Nile constitutes a new kind of water dispute and why that’s dangerous. Climate-related impacts affect women disproportionally, but in Latin America, women also offer hope. The new report Geopolitics of Decarbonisation can help guide EU foreign policy, particularly in advancing the Green New Deal. We received a new Letter from Washington looking into opportunities in time of crisis. The climate security handbook is here!
It’s crunch time for global climate security! Report outlines 10 insights on climate impacts and peace. How should Germany, during its July presidency, and India, as newly-elected member, address climate in the UNSC? Latin America & Caribbean: New regional climate-fragility risk brief; notes from the UN75 process point to 3 areas for increased UN engagement in the region. COVID-19 and climate change will change the definition of US national security. UN report on gender, climate and security gathers case-studies from the field.
SARS-COV 2, Corona, COVID-19 – the health crisis is all over our latest newsletter. First Fridays for Future, then COVID-19: intergenerational solidarity gains a more meaningful role. Decarbonisation won’t come as fast as the virus, but fossil fuel exporters must prepare. Don’t let the blue skies fool you: in Brazil, the pandemic is bad news for climate and environment. Watch: “Geopolitics of COVID-19 and climate change” and “Climate change, migration and the coronavirus pandemic”.
In spite of it being a major challenge, the German Foreign Office sees in climate change a catalyst for foreign policy. Evidence shows that climate adaptation interventions can contribute to peacebuilding & vice-versa. At a conference to launch the Green Central Asia Initiative, German & Central Asian foreign ministers discuss climate and security and sign a Joint Declaration. Greenpeace's Jennifer Morgan states: it's time to frame climate change as the emergency it is.
At COP25, climate adaptation financing gains momentum, but commitments still fall short. A toolkit to address climate fragility risks facilitates implementation of policies. Meet the new Climate Security Expert Network. In South and Southeast Asia, security risks arise from China’s geoengineering build-up. Questions about the security impacts of climate change? Take a look at the climate security FAQs. Watch: interviews with Maldives foreign minister and NATO.
The Year of Action has begun, and these guidelines for conflict-sensitive adaptation are here to help. Experts are developing analytical tools to identify water conflict risks before their onset. In Colombia, climate change and peacebuilding share a common issue: access to land. In South Asia, climatic events are bringing in several health hazards. Watch interviews on how the SDGs transform foreign policy thinking and why the only solution to climate change is multilateral.
As the Amazon fires advance and political disputes increase, can EU climate diplomacy ensure a sustainable EU-Mercosur trade deal? Meanwhile, Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli EcoPeace Directors are certain: climate and environment know no borders. Find out why foreign policy must foster private sector SDG implementation. Watch expert interviews: water as a peacebuilding tool and news from the Lake Chad crisis.
At the Berlin Climate and Security Conference experts sought to increase the momentum for decisive action on the climate-related drivers of conflict – watch the best moments and access the Berlin Call for Action. Regional examples and cross-sectoral synergies show how foreign policy can foster sustainable development and peace. Meanwhile, decades of US intelligence reports acknowledge the security risks posed by climate change.
Cyclone Idai shows how devastating the mix of climate change, extreme weather and poverty can be. Across the globe, these interconnected stressors exacerbate security risks and political tensions, for example in Mali and in Iran. The ECC Exhibition lets you explore six trends of environmental change that put our societies under pressure. German Diplomat Michaela Spaeth highlights goals and challenges in the UN Security Council.
As 2019 kicks off, action and implementation on climate security take centre stage. In January, the UN Security Council held an open debate to discuss the security implications of climate-related disaster events. While current trends depict an irreversible momentum for a global energy transformation, China as a newly emerging donor is increasingly investing in the renewable energy sector. But what about its development cooperation?
Paris is effective at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, but the negotiations lack symbolic success. Pakistan’s unprecedented climate impacts show that regional cooperation for managing shared waters is desperately needed. Luckily, a new study finds that water, often a source of instability, can also be a catalyst for peace. A major infrastructure project is underway across Latin America: the Bi-Oceanic Railway. The new V20-report points out climate risks and adaptation needs for the 20 most vulnerable countries.
With recent shakeups in global leadership, climate talks might take unexpected turns. Brazil’s foreign policy and commitment to the Paris Agreement will soon be managed by a climate skeptic. Another letter from Washington has arrived, and it makes the case for climate action as a strategy for the new diplomacy. New videos on climate security look into France’s strategies and Mali’s climate security trap. The interactive Pledged Warming Map demonstrates expected global warming based on countries’ ambitions.
A 1.5°C compared to a 2°C warmer world - what difference does it make? Our new ECC newsletter explains the relevance of the IPCC’s new landmark report. Looking at disastrous floods in India, development policies must do a big part more to minimize hazardous impacts. Get an update on the achievements reached at the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco. Finally, our latest video features international security and development experts who share their experiences on how development programmes need to be designed to sustain peace in a warming climate.
This ECC newsletter edition reminds climate diplomats to bring more than flowers in their hair to the Global Climate Action Summit. Learn why it is time for foreign policy to embrace the SDGs. As the UN Security Council incorporates climate security in its agenda, questions about the body’s capacities and responsibilities emerge. Our latest videos explore Iran’s climate-related security threats and the international community’s opportunities for action on climate migration.