Oops, They Did It Again! Climate Change in the UN Security Council
Enduring leadership is needed to move UN Security Council debates beyond warnings concerning security implications of climate change, argues Dennis Tänzler. He also outlines some promising entry points for follow up activities.
The vast majority of violent conflicts and security crises around the world are in one way or another related to energy policy. Yet experts from the foreign policy, security and energy communities have been reluctant to fully grasp the security implications of promising green energy technology and market development.
Cities and Climate Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific
Cities matter in international climate politics despite being non-state actors. How can their role be strengthened to take forward the world climate agenda? Gianna Gayle Amul and Maxim Shrestha make a case for more city climate diplomacy.
Oceania and Pacific
Pearl Farming as an Adaptation Strategy for Climate Change?
At the Sustainable Pearls Forum, experts and stakeholders discussed how pearl farming can have envionmental and social benefits when ocean-dependent livelihoods are endangered by climate change.
Green Cities - Blue Solutions: the Importance of Transboundary Cooperation
Integrated transboundary river basin management is necessary to secure urban water supply in the face of increasing environmental pressures. An adelphi event at the Blue Planet Forum 2015 saw a lively exchange on the benefits and challenges of international water cooperation. Lisa Kreutzmann sums up the results.
Climate Insurance - An Important Building Block of Adaptation
400 million people should be ensured against climate-related hazards by 2020, say G7 leaders. This upscaling effort can build on the experiences of several climate insurance initiatives. These provide insights on how the instrument can best support effective adaptation.
UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda
The framework for global development after 2015 is to be adopted at the end of September 2015. The draft text resulting from complex negotiation and inclusive consultation processes has been recently approved by the international community (Transforming Our World: the Agenda for Sustainable Development). It includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals, all of which contain several sub-goals, thus outlining a comprehensive agenda in the respective development field.
Conference on Conflict, Peace and Natural Resources
This conference, organised by the National Committee Commemorations Capitulations 1945 (Wageningen45), Wageningen University and Research Center, and the European Network of Places of Peace, focuses on the rle of natural resources in peacebuilding and fragility contexts. Topics include natural resources in peace negotiations and peace keeping, land investment conflicts and water governance. Detailed information is available on the conference website.
Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development
Every year, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) meets to offer space for discussions on sustainability issues in the extractive industry among national governments, minings corporations, international organisations and civil society representatives. IGF has developed the internationally recognised Mining Policy Framework on the best governance practices in the sector.
The report Climate Change: A Risk Assessment argues that the risks of climate change need to be considered on a par with risks to national security, financial stability or public health. Authored by David King, Daniel Schrag, Zhou Dadi, Qi Ye and Arunabha Ghosh and published by the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge, this report offers a comprehensive climate change risk assessment. It is designed to support decision-makers and encourages them to give priority to the issue.
Livelihoods, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
The authors of this book have gathered a wide array of cases to study the role of natural resources for peacebuilding and in post-conflict settings, also exploring respective policies and institutions of resource management. Individual chapters cover different types of resources and countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
OECD Report on Low-Carbon Policies
OECD and partner organisations look at how existing policies need to be changed in order to overcome the world's fossil fuel dependence in Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy. Reforms are advocated for far-reaching decarbonisation, covering both cross-cutting regulations (e.g. taxation) and specific sectors like electricity and urban mobility. This short video gives an overview of the report's conclusions.
Gender and Urban Climate Policy
This joint publication by GIZ, UN-Habitat and Gender CC outlines gender-related challenges that urban planning faces in the context of climate change. It describes the requirements for gender-sensitive urban policies, offering tools and resources as well as specific examples of action based on case studies.
The Commission on Health and Climate, a group of scientists convened by the The Lancet journal, has published its second report on 22 June 2015. The study brings together data on climate and population trends and quantifies the future global health impacts of climate change. It looks at both direct impacts of extreme weather, like heat, floods and storms, and adverse indirect effects of food insecurity, poor air quality or even displacement. The report calls for urgent action on mitigating climate change and preparing for its health-related challenges. This video explains the report's findings.
Encyclical Letter by Pope Francis
Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter "Laudato Si", published on 18 June 2015, is a moral plea for action against climate change and environmental degradation. Besides laying out the Pope's critical stance on the ecological, spiritual and economic motives to 'save our common home', it also sends a central message to policy makers that: international political climate action is more important now than ever. "Diplomacy," according to the Pope, "takes on new importance in the work of developing international strategies, which can anticipate serious problems affecting us all."
EU Council Conclusions on Climate Diplomacy
In its third conclusions on climate diplomacy, published on 20 July 2015, the Council of the European Union reinforces its commitment to addressing climate change as a key foreign policy and security issue. The Council states climate change is linked to multiple environmental, social, political and economic risks. Climate diplomacy initiatives and responses at a global and a EU level are, thus, central to addressing climate change related threats wit the aim of pursuing a "safe, sustainable and climate-resilient low-carbon development.
La Buena Vida - The Good Life(2015) tells the story of the community Tamaquito in Guajíra, Columbia, trying to resist the relocation plans of a coal mining company. Their livelihoods are endangered by one of the largest open-pit coal mines in the world, El Cerrejón, that accounts for the biggest part of coal production in Columbia, the fifth-largest coal exporter in the world.
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