Climate Diplomacy: A View from the Marshall Islands
Climate Diplomacy begins at home, argues Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Tony de Brum. He explains how his country uses the instruments of climate diplomacy to help overcome the structural problems of international politics on the way towards ambitious climate action.
Is the national security of the world’s largest military power compromised by climate change? Schuyler Null from the New Security Beat reviews the second U.S. Department of Defense climate roadmap that aims at preparing the armed forces to do their duty under changing environmental conditions.
Oceania & Pacific
Minerals, Climate Change and the SAMOA Pathway
As coastal and marine resources deteriorate in a changing climate, the economies of Small-Island Development States (SIDS) need to adapt and diversify. Drawing on discussions around the United Nations SIDS conference, Saleem Ali from the University of Queensland looks into how mineral resources can help build resilience.
Transforming Environmental Conflicts
Local governments are closest to the needs of communities. However, decentralising power can also cause conflicts when it comes to basic services like water supply, sanitation or waste management. What does good local governance look like for Latin America in times of global environmental change? Cristina Pinto from Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano shares the main insights of the VII Regional Forum on Environmental Conflicts Transformation.
In the Footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen: Towards a Global Protection Agenda
The Nansen Initiative is a state-led, bottom up consultative process that explores the regional dynamics and collaborative entry points to jointly address the challenges of internal and cross-border displacement. What outcomes did the recent October 2014 consultation in Manila yield? Dennis Tänzler reviews the progress.
Cities and Climate Diplomacy: Lessons from Southeast Asia
How do rapid urbanisation and climate resilience fit together? The world’s cities should have an active role in climate policy making in order to provide an appropriate answer to this question, the final conference of the EU-Asia dialogue in Yangon concludes.
During this conference, high-level decision makers from public and private domains will have the opportunity to discuss existing and emerging risks for global food security as well as risk mitigation strategies. Impacts of climate change on food markets are one of the key topics. Please consult the Chatham House website for further information or in order to register.
"Towards International Resource Fairness - Theories, Conflicts and Policies" is the topic of the 1st Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics, which brings together different disciplines in order to investigate modes of fair resource use. Theoretical insights will be combined with analysis of specific natural resource policies and conflict areas. For online registration, the speakers list and programme, please visit the conference website.
The Global Landscape Forum will take place during the UNCCC COP 20 in Lima, Peru, following up on the initial 2013 event in Warsaw. The Forum aims to enrich the discussions on the emerging climate regime, the post-2015 development agenda and the green economy by promoting the integrated landscapes approach in the expert and policy communities. A comprehensive concept note and registration details are available online.
The updated version of the Climate Diplomacy booklet is now available online, published by adelphi. It highlights the approach and efforts of the German Federal Foreign Office in the field of climate policy. The publication features a foreword by the German Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier. For the most recent information on Climate Diplomacy, please see climate-diplomacy.org or follow @ClimateDiplo on Twitter.
Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa
The study "Levelling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa" by the civil society group ONE and the World Bank investigates the gender productivity gap in African agriculture and lists policy options that can help to close it. The publication also includes six country profiles with country-specific policy priorities. The report is available for download in English and German.
Germany's Water Risk in Times of Globalisation
The WWF report "The Imported Risk. Germany's Water Risk in Times of Globalisation" points toward the water risks linked to the country’s imports. Many textile, chemical, mining or agricultural goods, for instance, come from countries that face water issues, which impacts industrial supply chains in diverse ways. The authors give recommendations to different stakeholder groups on how to consider these faraway but nonetheless significant risks and to act responsibly.
The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States
The Risky Business Project, led by a committee of renowned politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, has recently issued a report titled "Risky Business. The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States." The report identifies possible impacts of a changing climate depending on sector and region. It calls for action both by business and public actors in order to adapt to the predicted changes.
Community Forest Rights and Climate Change Mitigation
"Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change. How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change" is a study published by the Word Resource Institute. It focuses on the role of community rights in forest management in African, Asian and Latin American countries. The findings suggest that legal recognition of community rights combined with supportive action by the government enhance forest preservation along with its climate change mitigation benefits.
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