Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
Oceania & Pacific
Asia
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.

“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)

 

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Climate Change
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Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Gillian Nelson, IISD

After the recent G7 meeting, much is said about the growing divergence of national interests and about whether the group is able to maintain its leadership on global issues. Amidst feelings of uncertainty and disenchantment left behind by Charlevoix, one thing cannot be ignored: clear commitments on climate change, environment and sustainability issues were made.

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Energy
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Europe
Chloe Farand, Desmog UK

The UK has been accused of trying to “fudge” how much money it spends on subsidising coal mining and fossil fuel use despite its pledge to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies by 2020. 

Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Climate Change
Development
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Environment & Migration
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Security
Global Issues
adelphi

Climate shocks as drivers of migration might be long present in the environmental narrative, but they are hardly being addressed on a policy level.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Finance
Security
Global Issues
Nikolas Scherer, adelphi

Reducing the impacts of disasters in developing countries is absolutely vital - especially in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The invention of climate risk insurance has been a major breakthrough in that regard. If they are well-designed and mitigate potential negative side effects, climate risk insurance could play a major role in supporting the poor. To support this, insurance initiatives should monitor both positive and negative impacts.