'Hothouse Earth' Requires Climate Diplomats to Push for New Levels of Ambition
There are only a few weeks to go before international and local leaders from states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society travel to the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to create a new wave of mobilization. As Earth is at risk of entering a situation of extreme conditions, those going must bring along more than just flowers in their hair.
To shift humanity onto a sustainable path and secure peace, transformative change is required – globally. The UN’s 17 SDGs serve as critical guardrails. But what is the role of foreign policy in the implementation and what are the side-effects that diplomacy must be aware of? At the UN High-level Political Forum, experts analysed the geopolitical implications of the SDGs and discussed why foreign policy need to engage with them.
India Prepares for an Imminent Water Crisis
As "Day Zeroes" are becoming commonplace across the world, India needs to prepare itself for its worst-ever water crisis by establishing a network of water policies and programmes, ranging from community engagement to international collaboration. As more and more countries worldwide grapple with water stress and scarcity, there is a need for urgent and meaningful transnational cooperation on “clean water”.
Gauging the Temperature: Climate Change in the UN Security Council
The links between climate change and security have started entering regional resolutions through the UN Security Council. Germany, elected for a seat on the Council in 2019-20, will again prioritize climate-related security risks as one of its main agendas. What prospects does a renewed engagement on climate security risks offer and is there scope for preventive participation?
Moving Beyond Policy Bias in the Polarised Debate on Conflict and Climate in Darfur
Both those who argue for and those who refute climate-conflict links draw on Darfur to support their case. New analysis of political bias behind the environmental narratives and their critiques adds much-needed nuance to our understanding of when drought is – and is not – relevant to the conflict.
European Parliament Adopts Report on Climate Diplomacy
The European Parliament voted in July 2018 for a report on EU Climate Diplomacy and emphasized the EU’s responsibility to lead on climate action, as well as conflict prevention. The new report stresses that EU diplomatic capacities should be strengthened in order to promote climate action globally, support the implementation of the Paris agreement and prevent climate-related conflict.
World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. adelphi will convene the seminar “Water and Security: Assessing Risks and Mitigation Options in Hotspots” on 27 August 2018.
The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.
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.The Talanoa Dialogue will be the central theme for EU climate diplomacy week in 2018.
Terrorist Recruiting, Water Conflicts and Climate Change in Iraq
Climate change plays an exacerbating role in the armed conflict in Iraq. In this video, Iraqi experts explain how climate change impacts such as increased droughts and water scarcity spur tensions within the country. While today the immediate threat of ISIL seems overcome, the country faces the complex challenge of building sustainable peace and reconstructing a future for the Iraqi people. Water scarcity is still an obstacle in that process.
Are Climate Migrants Coming to Europe? Interview with Louise van Schaik
Increasingly inconsistent climate patterns are pushing vulnerable populations to migrate both within and across borders. How can the international community best use its resources to help stabilize livelihood systems and halt this upwards trend? Louise van Schaik, Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute, gives insights into this underexplored aspect of climate security.
The OECD's report "States of Fragility 2018" exposes the critical challenge posed by fragility in achieving the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda, sustainable development and peace. It highlights 12 key aspects of fragility, documents progress made in fragile situations on attaining sustainable development and illustrates the current state of financing to address fragility.
Climate Change - A Global Security and Humanitarian Challenge
The latest issue of the European Security and Defence Union Journal looks into the security challenges brought by climate-related impacts. The issue addresses climate change as a risk multiplier in fragile contexts. Environmental stress, the weaponization of water and monitoring technologies are some of the topics.
Nexus Brief: Climate Change & Environment X Fragility and Conflict
Environmental degradation, exacerbated by climate change, does not automatically lead to conflict. But it can affect drivers of conflict such as low rural incomes, livelihood systems or food insecurity, becoming a potent threat multiplier and increasing fragility.
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