this year’s UN Climate Change conference is about to kick off in Bonn, Germany. In its wake, natural and political hurricanes have shaken the planet and will affect the climate at COP23. There promises to be a packed agenda with negotiations ongoing on the implementation of the Paris Agreement’s objectives. COP23 will be crucial to pave the way for the facilitative dialogue due in 2018 to ensure that a further improvement of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will be improved and overall ambition increased.
With this special newsletter on COP23, we aim to shed light on some key developments and issues to be aware of...
Interview: Seeing climate migration through the human rights lens
Climate change is having serious impacts on millions of people across the world. Climate migrants are particularly hard-hit when people lose their livelihoods, homelands and legal entitlements. We spoke with Dr. Anja Mihr, Director of the Center on Governance through Human Rights, about human-rights-based approaches to climate challenges and the role of foreign policy.
Adaptation & Resilience
Making attribution science work for policy making
Climate-driven disasters are becoming business as usual. But how did climate change affect a particular extreme weather event such as hurricane Maria? This article looks at how attribution science helps policy making get off on the right foot and argues that in light of pressing climate risks, we must move from emergency relief to resilient programming.
Women’s role in climate diplomacy in South Asia
Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Although India’s national climate change action plans recognize this and include a gender dimension, female participation in policy making and climate diplomacy is negligible. Dhanasree Jayaram argues that the South Asian region as a whole urgently needs to deal with gender issues in climate diplomacy.
"Poverty, hunger, suffering. These terms seem inadequate to describe what I witnessed in the Lake Chad Basin", writes Alexander Carius in an op-ed on Al Jazeera. He argues that climate change cannot be ignored, for it exacerbates the worst catalysts of the crisis and fuels fragility.
Letter from Washington: Climate Diplomacy beyond climate change
Climate change is no longer a niche issue, but is now part of broader political and economic agendas. In the U.S., those supporting climate action face a broad alliance of opposition extending beyond climate change across many issues. Paul Joffe argues that climate diplomacy requires a strategy that goes beyond climate change to address the full range of these drivers.
Tussles over the role of climate change in the Syrian uprising
In a recent study, Jan Selby and colleagues argue that there is insufficient evidence to support a significant link between climate change, drought and violent conflict in Syria. Adrien Detges takes a close look at this study and argues that the critique is not balanced enough and possibly misleading.
The people and nations most vulnerable to climate change impacts and risks must not be left behind. As sea levels rise, the citizens of Tuvalu in the South Pacific prepare for the worst, while the rest of the world is called upon to implement the Paris Agreement. Two policy advisors from Bread for the World provide insights into Tuvalu’s position and the overall predicament of climate-induced migration.
EU Climate Diplomacy: Innovative approaches for a climate-resilient, low-carbon future
The aim of the side event is to connect innovative climate diplomacy initiatives and practitioners, to showcase experiences and new approaches of EU climate diplomacy. A current challenge is to integrate climate diplomacy across the foreign policy portfolio – the EU Global Strategy.
How can adaptation help to stem climate change security risks?
This workshop explores how adaptation can contribute to strengthen resilience and reduce (climate-related) security risks. It examines the potential benefits, limits and prospects of conflict-sensitive and pro-peace approaches to enhance water, food, and coastal security.
Booklet: Climate Diplomacy - Foreign Policy Responses to Climate Change
Climate change is one of the most important challenges that humanity collectively faces in this century. As repercussions for foreign policy agendas are substantial, adelphi and its partners formed an alliance with the German Federal Foreign Office and founded the Climate Diplomacy initiative. In this booklet, we illustrate our past and future climate diplomacy activities.
Infographic: Making development sustainable through climate action
Determined action to combat climate change and minimise its disruptions is integral to the successful implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The infographic by adelphi illustrates that in order to implement the Paris Agreement and the agenda 2030, both agendas need to be pursued in an integrated way.
Video: How to ensure food security in times of climate change?
Experts discuss the role climate change plays as a multiplier of food insecurity and security risks. Key aspects include shocks in food production and the disintegration of livelihood systems, putting increased pressure on local populations. What can be done to secure lives in times of unprecedented global warming?
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