One week in Bangkok – a hot summer for climate diplomacy about to start
Climate diplomats need to prepare for a hot summer. Leaving Bonn mid-May after two weeks of complex negotiations, the current status of the negotiation text shows how much work remains to be done. Therefore, negotiators have scheduled another week of discussions for early September in Thailand’s capital to close some of the gaps and to ensure that a huge step towards implementation of the Paris Agreement can be taken at COP24 in Katowice.
Debate in Rio: How climate events impact global security
Two weeks ago, the Brazilian Institute for Climate and Society hosted an event on international climate and security in Rio de Janeiro. The meeting, joined by experts from the public sector, civil society and international think tanks, reflects Latin America’s increased interest in the international dimension of climate fragility risks.
Early Warning & Risk
How to advance the monitoring of climate risk insurance
Reducing the impacts of disasters in developing countries is absolutely vital - especially in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The invention of climate risk insurance has been a major breakthrough in that regard. If they are well-designed, climate risk insurance could play a major role in supporting the poor. To support this, insurance initiatives should monitor both positive and negative impacts.
Forests & Energy
Climate diplomacy – and not a punitive phase-out – as a solution to the palm oil controversy
The EU’s decision to phase out palm oil biodiesel is likely to backfire, with negative repercussions not just on the countries concerned but also on international relations and the climate. The EU should hence invest more heavily in climate diplomacy in order to find a real solution to problems such as deforestation and wildlife loss.
Water cooperation in Central Asia – Interview with Benjamin Pohl
In an interview for the Water, Energy & Food Security Nexus Platform, adelphi's Benjamin Pohl gives insights into a recent study on water cooperation in Central Asia and explains how transnational water management can strengthen economic and political ties in the region.
Environmental peacebuilding strives to reduce conflict risks associated with natural resources and to enable societies to profit fully from their natural resource wealth. In order to be successful, it must follow a context-sensitive approach. Nina Engwicht shows that, in Sierra Leone, the environmental risk factors for conflict have only been addressed at the surface.
The European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) is an initiative to facilitate the organization of activities that promote sustainable development across Europe. On this occasion, 10 embassies in Berlin, Germany, are engaging with the 2030 Agenda on the theme "Diplomacy for Sustainability" and organising innovative events around the SDGs.
During European Climate Diplomacy Week, EU delegations around the world reach out to communities and partner organisations, highlighting positive global action and collaboration on climate change. High Representative Frederica Mogherini will convene and host a high-level event on climate security. For the first time, 2018 will see two Climate Diplomacy Weeks, the second one in September.
Understanding conflict dynamics to prevent migration – Interview with Ayan Mahamoud
It cannot be overstated how valuable regional cooperation is for tackling the security dimensions of climate change. Ayan Mahamoud, Platform Coordinator for Regional Programming for the IDDRSI, shares how the programme's resilience building efforts are looking into the causes of resource-related conflicts in the Horn of Africa in order to develop a conflict-sensitive approach to the region's climatic challenges.
How US Defense looks at climate security and what you can do – Sharon Burke
Increasing vulnerability of coastal military bases, an opening polar route in the Arctic, and global instability are main threats bringing climate change into the focus of the US Defense Department. Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor to New America and former Assistant Secretary for Defense, describes how the military balances preparedness for climate impacts with challenges arising from the current US government. She hints as to how other countries can support in positioning climate change higher on the US agenda.
Working with over 30 partners, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has recently launched the Resource Watch. The platform provides a wide array of data sets on various sustainability topics, ranging from food security to urban climate challenges.As the WRI has stated, Resource Watch was created in the face of two global challenges: a proliferation of data, and declining trust in institutions.
Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding
The past two decades have witnessed the emergence of a large body of research examining the linkage between environmental scarcity, violent conflict, and cooperation. However, this environmental security polemic is still trying to deliver a well-defined approach to achieving peace.
Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs
According to the Global Climate Risk Index, four of the world’s ten countries most affected by climate change are located in Southeast Asia. This study examines the implications of climate change and climate policy for international affairs in Southeast Asia and for ASEAN as a multilateral organization.
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