Oli Brown, SDG Knowledge Hub / IISD

A new publication on SDGs and foreign policy, prepared by researchers at the German think tank adelphi, highlights a phenomenon I call this the ‘Great Splintering’ – the fracturing of political will for collective action on the global stage. This article outlines five steps we could take to revive multilateralism.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Conflict Transformation
Environment & Migration
Security
Water
Sub-Saharan Africa
Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News

Satellite analysis shows ‘vanishing’ lake has grown since 1990s, but climate instability is driving communities into the arms of Boko Haram and Islamic State. Climate change is aggravating conflict around Lake Chad, but not in the way experts once thought, according to new research.

Effects of low-carbon energy development on foreign policy, poverty and migration
Limited access to energy is not only a significant barrier to development but can also fuel conflict. Therefore energy is of critical importance for core foreign policy objectives.
Security Council debates how climate disasters threaten international peace and security
On 25 January, the UNSC held a debate to discuss the security implications of climate-related disasters. The meeting underscored the global nature of climate-related disasters, marking a year in which climate security ranks high on the UN’s agenda.
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Europe
North America
Asia
Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News

At a meeting of the Arctic Council, secretary of state Mike Pompeo refused to identify global warming as a threat, instead hailing an oil rush as sea ice melts. The US refused to join other Arctic countries in describing climate change as a key threat to the region, as a two-day meeting of foreign ministers drew to a close on Tuesday in Ravaniemi, Finland.

Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Environment & Migration
Forests
Global Issues
Stella Schaller, adelphi

Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood, and about 2.6 billion people rely directly on agriculture. Deforestation, land degradation, and unsustainable management of ecosystems threaten those livelihoods and may contribute to resource-related conflicts and social unrest.

Civil Society
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Europe
Martin Wall, adelphi

Right-wing populist parties are already part of the governments of seven EU member states and are expected to make up a quarter of MEPs after the European elections in May 2019. In this episode host Martin Wall talks to the authors of an explorative study on the the voices and the weight of right-wing populist parties in the formulation of European climate policy.

Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
Daria Ivleva, adelphi

The SDG 17 calls for getting the foundations right for substantial progress on the 2030 Agenda. It includes key conditions for successful sustainability action that are relevant across all actor groups, and most of them depend on international cooperation.

Civil Society
Climate Change
Europe
Global Issues
Adrian Foong (adelphi)

Originally planned as a demonstration against fuel tax hikes, the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) revolts have sparked national and global debates. Some view the demonstrations as part of a rising anti-climate movement, while others draw parallels between the protests and demands for more climate action.

 
Panic – what role for it in climate diplomacy?
"I want you to panic!" That was Greta Thunberg's message at the WEF in Davos, but panic may not be the best emotion to advise us as we seek to design and implement solutions to the climate crisis.
Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums
Climate change affects people in informal settlements the most. Strategies to address their special needs and improve their climate change resilience cannot be built using the same tools we apply to other parts of our cities, and we cannot be expected to conform to our idea of sustainability.
Climate Change
Security
Global Issues
North America
Dana Nuccitelli, Yale Climate Connections

Intelligence analysts have agreed since the late 80s that climate change poses serious security risks. A series of authoritative governmental and non-governmental analyses over more than three decades lays a strong foundation for concern over climate change implications for national security.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
Dennis Tänzler, adelphi

2019 has only just begun, but it is already hard to imagine that there will be other extreme weather events with disastrous consequences such as cyclone Idai happening again this year. In all likelihood, such events will continue to occur as 2019 rolls on. Idai is, once more, proof of how devastating and toxic the mix of climate change, extreme weather events and poverty can be: Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe – countries that rank low in human development but contribute very little to global greenhouse gas emissions – suffer from some of the worst impacts of climate change.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Environment & Migration
Land & Food
Water
Global Issues
Daria Ivleva and Pia van Ackern, adelphi

adelphi has relaunched its exhibition Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) Exhibition to illustrate how unprecedented environmental changes interact with social, political, and economic risks to exacerbate conflict. We invite you to explore our online exhibition and to learn more about urgent issues of our time: climate, energy, migration, extractives, food and water.

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