Climate Change
Environment & Migration
Security
Global Issues
Jared Ferrie
Flooded fields in Bangladesh. | Photo credits: Amir Jina/flickr.com [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]
When international leaders met in the Bangladeshi capital last month for ongoing discussions about a new global migration policy, they glossed over what experts say will soon become a massive driver of migration: climate change.
 
“The international system is in a state of denial,” said A.N.M. Muniruzzaman, a retired major-general who now heads the Bangladesh Institute for Peace and Security Studies.
 
The Global Forum on Migration and Development in Dhaka came less than two months after UN nation states committed to developing within two years a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Climate change figured only as a sub-theme during one roundtable at the conference, which Muniruzzaman said was typical of similar events.
 
“If we want an orderly management of the coming crisis, we need to sit down now – we should have sat down yesterday – to talk about how the management will take place,” he said in an interview in his office in Bangladesh’s crowded capital.
 
Groups like the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration, are well aware of the risks, and say they are working to bring climate change to the forefront of policy discussions. During the roundtable in Dhaka, Michele Cavinato, head of UNHCR’s Asylum and Migration Unit, called climate change “the defining challenge of our times”.
 
See the full article on IRINnews.org, a news agency specialised in reporting humanitarian crises.
 
 
For more info on climate change and migration in Bangdladesh also see this interview with Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd):

Climate Change
Land & Food
Security
Sustainable Transformation
Europe
Daniele Fattibene

Food is inexorably linked to many aspects of our daily life, from climate change to sustainable development, from civil conflicts to migration flows. Through its engagement with sustainable development and humanitarian assistance programmes, the EU has become a global food security player. The Union should therefore design and launch a food diplomacy under the aegis of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and its security policy. This is the only way to increase the effectiveness of its food security-related programmes and to make food available, safe and environmentally sustainable for all.

Climate Change
Energy
Security
Water
Middle East & North Africa
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

In the Middle East, the consequences of climate change are already a reality of life. The region is one of the most water-stressed areas in the world, the average temperature is rising faster than elsewhere, and a massive reduction in rainfall is also expected for the coming years. Adding to the conflicts and quarrels – ranging from the Israeli–Palestinian conflict to Syria and Iraq as well as to rivalries between Iran and the Gulf states – access to and use of natural resources act as yet another crisis amplifier in the region: water is as important here as land ownership and as precious as access to oil.

Climate Change
Security
Global Issues
Megan Darby

As US puts pressure on NATO members to increase defence spending, EU foreign affairs chief argues fighting climate change prevents instability.

 

UN Climate Change Newsroom

At the annual Munich Security Conference, the UN’s top climate change official UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa gave an opening address at a discussion on human security and climate security. In her address, she called for a reframing of the narrative around climate change, given its far-ranging implications for global peace and stability.