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.
This ECC newsletter edition addresses three major issues climate diplomats must tackle after Bonn's stalemate. A conference in Brazil looked at international climate security and a changing geopolitical scenario. Speaking of security, monitoring the impacts of climate risk insurance is vital in fragile contexts. Find out about environmental peacebuilding, what is it good for? A short video asks how the US Defense is looking into climate change as a security matter.
In the second ECC Newsletter 2018, we look into EU climate diplomacy, which steps up its work on climate-security. In the biggest refugee camp in the world, Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis clash as natural resources become scarcer. A short film explains how climate change and migration are interlinked. Meanwhile, researchers screen peer-reviewed articles on climate and conflict and come across a selection bias in literature… Also included: Stranded assets - what happens with coal, oil and gas reserves in a world that rejects fossil fuels?
In this year’s first ECC newsletter, we highlight a great achievement for climate security: The Hague Declaration on Planetary Security. At the Planetary Security Conference, experts gathered to tackle the climate security nexus – watch the ‘Best Of’ video to peek into interviews and highlights of the event. Moving beyond experts and organizations, discover how to widen civil society participation in climate action by improving communication in order to reach disengaged audiences... The US Global Water Strategy and potential benefits from water cooperation in Central Asia are also in focus.
With this special newsletter on COP23, we aim to shed light on some key topics to be aware of, which are not necessarily at the top of the agenda of negotiators but ask for prolonged leadership of climate diplomats, such as: the human rights dimension of climate migration, international climate policy from a US perspective, the links between climate change and conflict and the complicated crisis at the Lake Chad Basin... The newsletter also features an explanatory infographic on the links between the Paris Agreement and the SDGs and other useful resources.