Climate Security and Resilience at COP22: Discussing the Implications for Africa
How to deal with the impacts of climate change on peace and stability? What are the key climate-fragility risks to development in Africa and how can integrated policy responses be designed and implemented? Two side events at COP22 discussed entry points for addressing climate-security risks on the ground.
The Vulnerable Taking the Lead: New Energy for Implementing the Paris Agreement after COP22
Few would disagree that the Paris Agreement was a massive success for diplomacy – but what could we expect from the subsequent COP in Marrakech? With the launch of its Marrakech Vision, the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of 48 countries highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sent a strong signal to other major emitters like the G20, according to Dennis Tänzler.
Cities Taking Action: What Does Habitat III Mean for Global Resilience Efforts?
Last month, the urban community met in Quito for Habitat III where UN member states agreed on the New Urban Agenda - a broad vision for sustainable cities. But what is the significance of the Agenda, and how will it be implemented? After some brief observations on the relevance of the Habitat III process in general, Eleni Dellas delves into the implications for urban resilience in particular.
Saving India’s Western Ghats: The State of Affairs
The Western Ghats are one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world and form an important watershed. In five Indian states, the mountain range is at the heart of environmental conflicts often caused by developmental and mining projects. How can consensus be reached? Dhanasree Jayaram provides some insight.
A Perspective on the Middle East’s Environmental Crisis
With much of the Middle East in turmoil, authorities devote the majority of their resources to fighting ISIS, the refugee crisis and the most pressing economic and social concerns. As landscape degradation and pollutant floods in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan and other countries are contributing to a broader picture of instability, Peter Schwartzstein, a Cairo-based journalist, reports on the struggle of environmental agencies to be heard.
Central America & Caribbean
Multifaceted Crisis Scenario in Fragile Cities: The Haiti Case
A greater understanding of the relationship between climate change, migration, cities and conflict is required in the global research community. Clemence Finaz, a Research Associate at International Alert, illustrates the complexities of a densely-populated city’s vulnerability to compound risks, including climate-related disaster and a high level of insecurity, using the case example of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The Potential to Implement the Paris Agreement by Means of a Benefits Approach
Taking into account co-benefits can radically change the picture; demonstrating that climate action can pay off, not only in the long-term, but also in the short- to medium-term. Cooperation on the local level will, therefore, become all the more important. The example of German-Polish relations illustrates the opportunity of tapping into co- benefits, explains Camille Serre.
Conflict in Context: Land Subdivision in Kenya Compounds Climate Costs
Climate change acts as a threat multiplier, magnifying social tensions and violent community conflicts. Author Jonathan Rozen argues that sustaining peace in Kenya’s Kajiado County requires looking beyond climate change and recognizing the role of land privatization in pastoralists’ vulnerability.
December 2016 & January 2017 The Hague, Lund, other European and US Cities
Film Screening: The Age of Consequences
Climate Change is a stimulus for social, political and economic conflicts around the world. The award-winning film "The Age of Consequences", tours around the world and will be screened this December and in 2017 in the Netherlands, Sweden and several US states. It is an illuminating call to action, highlighting the manifold security threats posed by climate change from a US military perspective.
The 1st International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) 2017 aims to continue climate action momentum in 2017 by providing a platform to exchange ideas and discover new opportunities. For this, it brings together those involved in research and development activities in climate change mitigation, vulnerability, and adaptation, nationally and internationally, thereby bridging the gap between government & non-governmental organisations.
T20 Africa Conference: How Can Africa and the G20 Build Alliances for Sustainable Development?
The German G20 presidency is expected to put emphasis on the Group’s cooperation with Africa. The T20 Africa Conference brings together opinion leaders from think tanks and universities in Africa and G20 countries to discuss how future cooperation between the G20 and Africa could and should look like. The T20, a network of think tanks from G20 countries, serves as an „ideas bank“ for the group.
Factbook News: Focus on Food Price Volatility and Fragility in the MENA Region
The ECC Factbook is an online tool presenting over 120 conflicts with an environmental dimension. This month, our Factbook team reviewed the links between food price hikes and political fragility in the Middle East and North Africa region, with a particular emphasis on the events leading up to the Arab spring revolutions. The latest additions to the ECC Factbook include a general overview of the origins and consequences of recent global food price crises, a series of specific case studies in selected MENA countries, and a discussion of possible policy solutions.
Incentives for Climate Action in China - An Interview with Fergus Green
Climate change mitigation actions have numerous co-benefits. In this video, climate policy consultant Fergus Green explains the top three incentives for Chinese leaders to devote resources to climate action: energy security, health problems due to air pollution, and the possibility to boost economic growth by manufacturing green technologies.
World Economic and Social Survey 2016
The World Economic and Social Survey 2016 by UNDESA adds to the debate over challenges to successfully implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It focuses on climate change and its disproportional impact on population groups and communities who are most vulnerable, stating that without transformative policies which coherently address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, building climate resilience will remain elusive and poverty and inequalities will worsen.
Climate Strategies Report: The Trade System and Climate Action - Ways Forward under the Paris Agreement
Both international trade and climate policy are integral parts of countries’ overall foreign policy challenges. A comprehensive understanding of their interconnection and how to make use of trade policy instruments in ramping up climate action can therefore be seen as a crucial element of successful climate diplomacy.
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