The International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” will take place at UNESCO and UPMC (Paris) in July 2015.
The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this high-level event, with the aim of giving momentum and adding impetus to efforts to reach a global agreement in 2015 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
As conflicts and crises continue to stretch the humanitarian system, there is a growing need for critical thinking and reflection. The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG)'s Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response, taught in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), offers such an opportunity.
Human migration and the environment are two of the most pressing issues of our times. But what is at stake when these two phenomena are articulated as a singular relation? By asking this and many other questions, this conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for scholars, policymakers, practitioners and artists to chart out the next generation of research on human migration and the environment.
High-level U.S. launch of the report with Richard Engel (Director Environment and Natural Resources Program, NIC), Alice Hill (Senior Director, National Security Council, White House) and Christian Holmes (Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID). Leaders from the development, diplomatic, and security communities and the report’s co-authors Alexander Carius, Geoffrey D. Dabelko and Roger-Mark De Souza will take part in the event.
In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training.
The dynamics that are compounding the Sahel region’s security emergencies are complex: Poor governance, rapid population growth, and environmental pressures, like food insecurity, climate change, and poor natural resource management, all contribute to chronic crises and eroding the region’s resilience to shocks and stressors. These interlinked challenges require integrated responses. Speakers from the Sahel region and US-based experts will engage in solutions-oriented policy dialogues that address demographic trends, reproductive health, food security, and peacebuilding. Additional cross-cutting themes throughout the discussion will include gender, youth, and health.
The course is intended for staff members of the United Nations and its agencies; staff members of other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and government agencies; academics; practitioners; and students, who are working or researching in fields related to climate change and environmental, human rights, international law, development, and migration, amongst others.
The final objective of this workshop is the identification of a core set indicators and data sets with a global coverage for the key determinants of climate resilient development (natural hazards related to climate change, vulnerability, adaptive capacity, mitigation, resilience, and development) to guide policy actions in this area. It will offer the opportunity of knowledge sharing between experts, scientists and practitioners, thereby establishing an open forum on climate resilient development which will be supported by a web knowledge platform.
What are geopolitical challenges of climate change impacts in the Pacific Islands region and how should we address them? How would a regional vision towards climate resilience and sustainable growth look like? With these questions, adelphi convened a high-ranking panel "Climate Diplomacy - foreign policy challenges in the context of climate change in the Pacific Islands region" at the UN SIDS Conference in Samoa on September 3rd 2014.
Given water’s importance for human life and prosperity, transboundary freshwater basins are both a source of conflict risks and a chance for institutionalizing cooperative behavior. International donors often justify their support for transboundary water cooperation as a contribution to peace-building and regional integration, yet positive political spillovers from technical cooperation on water have frequently proven elusive.
Southeast Asia is considered to be a region highly vulnerable to near and long-term climatic changes. In order to jointly address emerging climate risks and to complement multilateral negotiations through enhanced regional cooperation, the involvement of Foreign Ministries should be further strengthened.
The expected effects of climate change are of great significance for international peace and security. Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change and already affected by warming trends and increases in drought. Climate change can act as a threat multiplier, influencing on water, food and energy security, changing and even increasing migration, raising tensions and increasing the risk of conflict.
Actions and commitments are nowhere near the needed level of ambition to halt dangerous climate change, even though progress has been made in bringing the topic of climate change mitigation on the agenda of policy makers and more than 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions are already subject to national reduction or limitation policies.
The Republic of Korea organised a third international conference on climate security, from 21 – 22 March 2013. Building on the conclusions of the previous conferences in Berlin ('Climate Diplomacy in Perspective: From Early Warning to Early Action') and London ('A Climate and Resource Security Dialogue for the 21st Century') about the importance of regional cooperation, the focus was on the Asia-Pacific region.
In February 2013, the Security Council once again took up the issue of climate change. Pakistan and the United Kingdom convened an Arria-formula meeting; a flexible, informal format designed to allow Security Council members together with other UN Member States to be briefed on the topic by experts in the field and provide space for an open exchange of views.
The region encompassing the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, with a combined population of approximately 500 million people, is characterized by strong environmental gradients, climate extremes and diverse economic, social and cultural identities. From a global perspective, the region is a climate change “hot spot”. Adverse impacts of climate change throughout the 21st century are expected, and major challenges in energy and food security, threats to environmental integrity, as well as decreasing availability of fresh water are anticipated.
Africa is most affected by climate change as well as the induced security risks. Experts discussed during a scoping seminar on climate change, conflict and cooperation in Addis Ababa how conflict constellations could be transformed into opportunities for regional cooperation. The corresponding policy brief is now available.
On 28 September 2012, during the General Debate of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, the German and Moroccan Permanent Missions to the UN organised a side event on climate change and international security.
Building on the 2011 Security Council debate and Berlin Conference, the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in partnership with Wilton Park, organised a conference in London on 22–23 March 2012 to reinforce and develop messages on the threat climate change poses to global security and prosperity.