Climate change is no longer a distant perspective for “our children and grandchildren;” it is an urgent challenge for us, here and now. Every day, somewhere in the world, violent cyclones devastate coastlines, destroying homes and schools; droughts ravage crops and cause water shortages; sea-level rise endangers coastal areas all around the world; heavy floods displace thousands and damage valuable farm land. These are not mere “changes”: they are disruptions. Disruptions of our development efforts, disruptions of democracy, stability, and security.
2015 is a crucial year for the global efforts to keep climate disruption within manageable proportions. In December, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), world leaders will come together in Paris to agree on a new climate treaty. It is the best chance we’ve had so far to make significant progress towards limiting the rise in average global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius -- the objective agreed upon by the international community. We must reach a pragmatic, yet ambitious and comprehensive legal agreement. And we’ll need the active participation of all countries to get there.
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The longstanding dispute over water rights among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia escalated in 2011 when Ethiopia began construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), in the absence of any agreement with downstream Egypt. The GERD dispute offers an alarming insight into just how dangerous future transboundary water disputes may become, particularly in the context of a changing climate.
Coinciding with the first days the German Presidency of the European Council, on 3 July 2020 adelphi and the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel launched a new report “The Geopolitics of Decarbonisation: Reshaping European Foreign Relations”. This summary highlights the event's key outcomes.
Women in the region suffer disproportionately from climate impacts, but they also play an essential role in addressing climate change. With the right policy responses, it is possible to reduce security risks and empower women to better address the challenges they face.
The impact of climate change is posing a growing threat to peace and security. Germany is therefore putting climate and security on the Security Council’s agenda.