Climate change demands a prominent role in foreign policy. In light of the slow pace of progress in international climate negotiations, a stronger role for foreign policy in international climate policy has been called for– namely through climate diplomacy.
The world's foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations, the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction was first held in 2007. It takes place every two years, with the 2015 edition rolled into the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Its fifth session will be held in May 2017 in Mexico.
Over millennia, warfare, environmental degradation, and social inequality have brought much suffering to humankind. In an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, WESIPS brings together a cadre of internationally recognized scholars to address the underlying causes of warfare, environmental degradation, the advent of social complexity, and social inequality from a host of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.
The 2017 G7 summit will be held in the town of Toarmina in Sicily, Italy, on 26 and 27 May. The G7 is on the forefront of putting climate-fragility risks on the global agenda. In 2015, the G7, under the German Presidency, commissioned the independent report “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks” that identifies compound climate-fragility risks which pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead.