Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
Lou del Bello, URBANET

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

Climate Change
Security
Global Issues
Raquel Munayer, adelphi

Climate change has been identified and recognized as a security issue and a threat multiplier by the international community, and climate security is now an integral part of security agendas in key international fora from New York to The Hague and Munich. As 2019 kicks off, action and implementation on climate security take centre stage.

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 Migration Hotspots in Mexico and Central America
In some regions, rising sea levels and declining agricultural productivity due to climate change are expected to trigger major migratory flows. The role of policy-makers is it to promote local solutions while engaging in regional cooperation for a preventative approach.
Climate Change
Security
Europe
Planetary Security Initiative

Initiated in 2015, the French Ministry for the Armed Forces organized the first international conference “Defence and climate: what are the stakes?”. Since then, the Ministry has been constantly adapting and developing its capacity of anticipation.

Climate Diplomacy
Security
Global Issues
Benjamin Pohl and Stella Schaller, adelphi

On 25 January 2019, the UN Security Council held an open debate to discuss the security implications of climate-related disaster events. The meeting, initiated by the Dominican Republic, underscored the global nature of climate-related disasters. Most speakers highlighted the need for better climate risk management as an important contribution to safeguarding international peace and security. The debate marks the beginning of a year in which climate security ranks high on the UN’s agenda.

Planetary Security Initiative

Today, Friday 25th January 2019, the UN Security Council will hold an open debate addressing the impacts of climate-related disasters on international peace and security (at 4pm CET and 10am EST). President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic will chair the meeting, which will also include the participation of several member states at ministerial level.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Co-Benefits
Development
Global Issues
Stacy D. VanDeveer, Raimund Bleischwitz and Catalina Spataru, New Secuirty Beat

The unabated growth of natural resource consumption raises risks that we will outstrip the capacities of ecosystems and governance institutions. At the same time, to achieve important global goals related to poverty alleviation, public health, equity and economic development such as those embodied in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will simultaneously need more resources and better management of natural resources everywhere.

Climate Change
Environment & Migration
Global Issues
North America
Neela Banerjee, Inside Climate News

U.S. diplomats used to receive guidance about climate change and migration. The Government Accountability Office is recommending the State Department bring it back.

International climate policy has once again gotten away with it
Almost 200 states have agreed on limiting global warming at the COP24 after a marathon of negotiations. State representatives agreed on a 156-page rulebook, listing measures to limit the global rise in average temperatures to well below 2º C.
International Water Cooperation Opens the Door to Peacemaking
Although water is an essential input for agriculture and industrial production, it is scarce in many regions. When it crosses international borders, it can foster conflict and contention. Yet while water can be a source of instability, it can also be a catalyst for cooperation and peace.
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Security
North America
Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News

The report, requested by the US Congress in 2017, drew sharp criticism for being too thin on details and failing to show which bases are most at risk across the military.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
Don Lehr and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Foundation

The Katowice climate package brings minor progress, but COP 24 failed to deliver on the most fundamental issues such as raising ambition of national contributions, implementing human rights, and ensuring support for developing countries.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
South America
Global Issues
Megan Darby, Climate Home

Brazil has demoted climate diplomacy as part of a foreign ministry shake-up, in Jair Bolsonaro’s first two weeks as president.

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