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.
In the ECC Newsletter Edition 04/2017, read about Fiji's priorities as a host to the next UN climate conference; discover climate change from the perspectives of gender and urbanization; explore 10 cases of water conflicts worldwide; and find out how the military can play a role in India's environmental security. The newsletter also features explanatory videos on the ongoing Lake Chad crisis and on global food security in times of climate change.
In the ECC Newsletter Edition 03/2017, read about the future prospects of climate diplomacy after Trump's withdrawal; comprehend the use of quantitative data in linking climate change with conflict; see the policy recommendations for the G20 for advancing regional climate risk insurances; and understand the complexities of conflicts emerging from environmental protection measures in the new ECC Factbook case. The newsletter also features an interview with Hinrich Thölken, Ambassador to FAO, WFP and IFAD.
In the ECC Newsletter Edition 02/2017, read about the links between terrorism, fragility, and climate change; understand how food security can be addressed through 'food diplomacy' and through climate risk insurances; and find the results of a new study investigating the statistical relationship between climate change and violent conflict. The newsletter also features interviews with experts from the FAO, the European Environment Agency, and the UN.
In the ECC Newsletter Edition 01/2017, read about the challenges and ways forward for the G20 under the German presidency in light of climate risks, understand how to bridge the gap between forestry and peacebuilding and find out what UNCCD Executive Secretary, Monique Barbut, has to say about land degradation and migration. The newsletter also features a new video on climate-security strategies with experts from UNEP, EEAS, the Red Cross and the G7/G20.
In the ECC Newsletter Edition 4/2016, read how to address the links between climate security and resilience on the ground, and find out why the Marrakech Vision, launched at COP22, is a strong signal for the G20. We are also pleased to feature articles about the environmental crisis in the Middle East and the links between climate, conflict and migration in Haiti. Other highlights in this edition of the newsletter include an analysis of land privatization and violence in Kenya, and a new video interview explaining China’s incentives for pursuing climate action. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.