Games with new frontiers? Old and new environmental risks on the horizon
2019 has only just begun, but it is already hard to imagine that there will be other extreme weather events with disastrous consequences such as cyclone Idai happening again this year. In all likelihood, such events will continue to occur as 2019 rolls on. Idai is, once more, proof of how devastating and toxic the mix of climate change, extreme weather events and poverty can be. With the UN climate summit in September 2019 coming closer, the question of whether all countries are fully aware of the need for immediate and additional efforts still remains.
“We will address climate-related security risks in the Security Council” - Interview with Michaela Spaeth
Climate security risks are, by all interpretations, a global threat. In an interview with Climate Diplomacy, Michaela Spaeth from the German Federal Foreign Office highlights some of Germany’s goals and challenges in forwarding the issue during its 2019-20 membership in the UN Security Council.
SDG 12: Its importance for foreign policy objectives
Resource consumption has grown exponentially over the past decades and as countries are lifting themselves out of poverty, it will continue to do so. Improving sustainability of supply chains will be vital to prevent tensions and new conflicts. Foreign policy can help address such risks by strengthening the fragmented governance landscape and international standards.
Six examples why we need to protect biodiversity from war and conflict
Times of war can result in rapid environmental degradation as people struggle to survive and environmental management systems break down, resulting in damage to critical ecosystems. UN Environment reflects on six historical and contemporary examples of how the environment and its natural resources are affected by war and (armed) conflict.
Spotlight region Mali – security risks and environmental change
In Mali, climate change has severe impacts on natural resources such as water and land, threatening the livelihoods of the mostly rural populations. Resource scarcity has already led to conflicts between herders, farmers and pastoralists and caused forced migration. At the PSC 2019, many workshops examined the situation and the #doable actions. A summary.
Iran has seen devastating floods due to heavy rainfall in the past weeks. This puts more pressure on the country’s already vulnerable and mismanaged water infrastructure. Since the early 2000s, concerns over dwindling water supply and grievances over resource mismanagement in Iran are straining relations between the state and its citizens.
Driving Transformative Change:
Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda
The SDGs have a common aim: more peace and justice. But what is the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture? What are fields of engagement and tools of a new "Diplomacy for Sustainability"? To discuss new foreign policy challenges, adelphi, the German Federal Foreign Office and SDSN Germany are co-organising a panel discussion to discuss the transformative potential of the SDGs for foreign policy.
Improving the security situation for people living in fragile settings is an immediate priority for stabilisation. But stabilisation efforts must also provide a long-term vision for sustainable peace. The 2019 Stockholm Forum will confront the trade-offs between short-term demands and strategic visions. The findings of a 2-year study on climate and fragility risks in the Lake Chad region, conducted by adelphi,will be launched at the Forum. The study provides recommendations for effective engagement in contexts affected by climate change and fragility.
The “Berlin Climate and Security Conference” on 4 June will bring together leading figures from around the world to discuss the growing risks that climate change presents for peace and security. It is being hosted by Germany as part of its efforts to further integrate climate-related risks into the international security architecture during its two-year term as a UN Security Council elected member.
For the fourth time, The Hague has hosted from 19-20 February the Planetary Security Conference. This year, the conference’s motto was #doable. Implementation of measures to tackle climate security risks were at the table and the conference was transformed into a platform for sharing experiences and learning lessons on climate action. Watch some of its best moments.
Climate Diplomacy Podcast #1: The UNSC's role in addressing climate-related security risks
With climate change increasingly being seen as a security issue, we ask what role the UN Security Council could and should play. We are joined on the Climate Diplomacy Podcast by UN expert and Chatham House Associate Fellow Oli Brown. In this podcast, Oli explains some of the challenges that the UN Security Council has had in tackling climate change and outlines the prospects for action in the future.
adelphi has relaunched its interactive Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) Exhibition to illustrate how unprecedented environmental changes interact with social, political, and economic risks and create or exacerbate conflict. The exhibition now takes up crucial changes regarding environmental trends and their governance. For that, the ECC team has identified six trends: climate, energy, migration, extractives, food and water.
Climate change performance index 2019
The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool of countries' climate protection performances. It compares climate protection efforts and progresses made by individual countries. Up until now, no country has made it to one of the top three categories. Next to the new report, there is a comprehensive website, which features an interactive tool showing the results for all 56 countries and the EU.
Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging issues of environmental concern
Will the cutting edge of genetic splicing techniques lead to a huge boon for human and environmental health? Can regulation successfully control the risk of unintended ecological consequences? Will we act in time to prevent the further degradation of climate-critical permafrost peatlands? The new report by UN Environment explores the emerging environmental issues facing the planet.
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The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank devoted to evidence-based policy and action on complex security, justice and development challenges in Brazil, Latin America, and Africa. The Institute’s goal is to stimulate debate, foster connections and trigger action. The Institute has its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, with personnel spread across Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Established in 2011, it is supported by bilateral agencies, foundations, international organizations and private donors from around the world.