How do you avoid that the urgent always takes priority over the important? High-level decision makers from several countries discussed this in regard to climate and security risks at an event initiated by adelphi and the French and German foreign offices. The moderator, adelphi’s executive director Alexander Carius, sums up the results.
Paris after the Attacks: the Peacemaking Potential of the Climate Conference
Dennis Tänzler writes that both governments and civil society can create something in Paris which the recent attacks wanted to destroy: a global gathering of solutions to help dismantle the breeding grounds for poverty, chaos and terror, making use of virtues like solidarity and cooperation.
ECC Factbook Case: Climate Change and the Civil War in Syria
The ECC Factbook is an online tool that informs both policymakers and the general public about over 100 current conflicts which have an environmental dimension. Did climate change contribute to the Syrian civil war? Find the answer in this article, as well as in a video, infographics and data of the ECC Factbook.
Climate Diplomacy beyond 2015: Catalyzing the Climate Economy
For too long, we’ve discussed how to share the burden of saving the planet. But climate action presents a huge business opportunity and, therefore, the opportunity to grow the economy in a sustainable way. Diplomats should promote this idea more, writes adelphi's Stephan Wolters.
Climate Diplomacy at COP21
The side event Climate Security and Resilience – The Way Forward will discuss potential activities by governments, multilateral institutions and initiatives. It is organised by adelphi and the German Federal Foreign Office and aims at further exploring how to strengthen resilience as a key foreign policy focus. The adelphi stand will inform the visitors of the Climate Generations areas about climate diplomacy.
The COP21 starts soon, and emerging countries like India will be crucial for a success. What are the newest advances in Indo-German cooperation on climate and energy topics? Dhanasree Jayaram reflects upon the October visit of Angela Merkel in India.
Peace Park Expedition to Balkans Reveals Tensions over Development
What are the opportunities and hurdles for environmental protection as an instrument to bring post-conflict societies together? Participants of a student expedition to the Prokletije/Bjeshket e Nemuna Mountains share their observations.
Southeast Asia's Haze Problem: Why So Hard To Solve?
As yet again haze episodes impact Singapore and Malaysia, steps in the right direction are being taken in the region and specifically in Indonesia, where the smoke comes from. Jackson Ewing explains why these efforts have not provided for a clear sky yet.
Interview with Martin Frick, Director of Climate, Energy and Tenure at FAO
Climate-related impacts on agriculture and food security can contribute to fragility and instability. Building resilient food systems can mitigate this risk. Dr. Martin Frick, Director of Climate, Energy and Tenure Division at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization spoke with International Alert about sustainable resource management in the agricultural sector for resilience and conflict prevention.
Preparing for Hazards, Preventing Disasters through Integrated Risk Assessment
El Niño is one of the most important drivers of climate variability worldwide. Reliable early warning is critical for preventing the climate hazard from developing into a full-grown disaster, writes adelphi’s Katharina Nett.
This year’s Global Landscapes Forum takes place in parallel to the COP21 in Paris. Held over two days, it offers discussion opportunities on multiple topics from the area of climate change and development, e.g. food security, forest & soil management, land tenure. The complete agenda is available online as is the registration form.
During this three-day conference at the University of Oxford, practitioners and academia come together to debate how water security needs to be enhanced in order to promote (economic) development and to combat poverty. The first day’s discussion will be based on the report Securing Water, Sustaining Growth by GWP and OECD, while the second part of the conference will see the launch of the research programme REACH: Improving water security for the poor, supported by DFID. Please register online.
The annual Conference on Earth System Governance convenes a wide array of experts to work on topics like environmental justice, the possibilities of green growth and multilateralism, including a regional stream specifically on the Asia-Pacific. Questions of appropriate governance of different natural resources – water, forests, oceans or extractives – are at the centre of the event. For more detail on the comprehensive programme, please consult the conference website.
On 12-13 October 2015, the Swiss/Norwegian Nansen Initiative on disaster-related displacement organized a Global Consultation in Geneva, Switzerland. The event ended with the endorsement of the “Agenda for the Protection of Cross-Border Displaced Persons in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change” in a declaration. Over 350 representatives of governments, civil society and academia participated in the meeting.
WHO Report: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants and Global Health
In this new report, the WHO draws attention to the fact that Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) are not only detrimental for climate, but also take a heavy toll on human health. By implication, action to reduce SLCP emissions in cities, food and energy sectors, transport, industry, building and waste management significantly reduces the disease burden, as the report authors demonstrate. The visibility of these positive effects makes reducing SLCP emission a rewarding political task.
Can Extractives Help Build Peace?
The authors of this research paper reassess some common assumptions about the linkages between resource development, conflict and peace. They find that the effects of resource development are unlikely to be conflict-neutral and that the complexity of conflict-situations makes sensitive decision making by external actors such as extraction companies difficult. The researchers further highlight that ‘do no harm’ approaches carry inherent risks and that current guidelines and toolkits for extractive industries are insufficient.
Governance, Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
This book focuses on governance and natural resource management in post-conflict contexts and their interlinkage with peacebuilding. Experts from academia, diplomats, military personnel and practitioners discuss, for example, frameworks for including natural resources in peace agreements and peacebuilding, as well as a variety of case studies on the role of the military and natural resources, good governance and questions of transitional justice and accountability.
According to the report “Zero Emissions, Zero Poverty”, implementing low carbon development is compatible with and a condition for eliminating poverty. Extreme poverty can be eradicated by 2030 by integrating approaches to sustained growth and inequality reduction. At the same time, major emitters need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent climate change impacts from reversing progress in alleviating poverty . The report concludes that domestic and international aid priorities must focus on a transition to 'Zero Zero', or no emissions and no poverty, as the most effective pathway.
The conference on Planetary Security convened by the Dutch government in the Hague saw vivid exchange on global risks and risk response in the climate and security community. We interviewed several expert for the ECC Video Platform. The article sums up some insights.
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