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Stella Schaller, adelphi
G7 Foreign ministers meeting in Japan at Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture 10 April 2016
G7 Foreign Ministers in Japan at Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture on 10 April 2016. Photo credits: European External Action Service.

On 19 January 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan hosted a roundtable seminar with international experts and country representatives to follow up on G7 efforts to address climate-fragility risks.

Climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ that will increase state fragility, fuel social unrest and potentially unleash violent conflict. Japan, as part of the Group of 7 (G7), has recognized the resulting challenges for sustainable economic development, peace and stability. Following up on the independent report “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks” commissioned by G7 members, the foreign ministers of the G7, in April 2016, reiterated their commitment to take preventive steps and integrate climate-fragility considerations into their planning.

adelphi has partnered with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to facilitate a broader discussion on climate-fragility risks in Japan, and act on the findings and implications of the G7 report for Japan. In 2016, several expert workshops were organized to identify climate-fragility risks for Japan and the ways in which to address them.

The meeting held on 19 January 2017 was an opportunity to deepen the discussion and consider recent findings on issues such as: climate, migration and conflict, agriculture, disasters and peace, resource scarcity and competition and other timely risks that have implications for Japanese policy makers. Aside from G7 representatives and Japanese officials, a number of knowledgeable institutions participated in the event, including adelphi, the University of Tokyo, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Center for Climate and Security, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Alexander Carius, Managing Director of adelphi, presented relevant research conducted until now on climate-fragility risks in G7 countries and issues to be investigated further.

In addition, adelphi and IGES are jointly publishing a series of five policy papers on climate-fragility risks in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a workshop summary. These short papers focus on different issues to contextualize the global discourse on the topic and show its relevance for Japan and the region. The papers are available in English as well as Japanese (日本語) and can be accessed here:

The G7 seminar was followed by a meeting of the ‘G7 Working Group on Climate and Fragility’ on 20 January 2017 to substantiate the latest declaration of the foreign ministers.

G7 Working Group on Climate Change and Fragility
G7 Working Group on Climate Change and Fragility. Credits: Peter Fischer.

“We reiterate that climate change poses a serious threat to global security and economic prosperity and shared the view that foreign policy must contribute to addressing this challenge effectively. In this context, we welcome the report submitted to us by the G7 Working Group on Climate Change and Fragility, endorse its recommendations, and affirm the need to continue to work on the issues of the climate-fragility risks by aligning our efforts toward the common goal of increasing resilience and reducing fragility in the face of global climate change, including taking steps to integrate climate-fragility considerations across our national governments.” (G7 foreign ministers, April 2016)

 

For more details on the IGES-adelphi partnership and G7 workshop visit IGES' website.

 

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