Distinguished experts from all over the world share their views and their specific take on climate diplomacy. Its political and societal ramifications are diverse, and so are the topics covered by the interviews. Uttam Sinha emphasizes the respective importance of transboundary resource management and development policies. Regarding international efforts to tackle climate change, Geoff Dabelko advocates an all-of-the-above strategy including, but not limited to, ongoing UNFCCC negotiations. Cleo Paskal and Alexander Carius highlight the geostrategic and security implications of climate change, while Dr. Hinrich Thölken specifies the priorities of German climate diplomacy.
South Asia’s vulnerability to climate change and associated fragility risks calls for a regional approach to climate services. Different actors need to cooperate to share actionable climate information—the security architecture in the region would benefit.
With cities continuously more threatened by climate change-induced disasters, urban planning’s reflex response is to protect cities against nature. But what if the solution lies in working with nature instead against it? Architect Kongjiang Yu invites readers to imagine what cities could look like if they took into account ancient wisdom on spatial planning.
During the past two weeks, Antigua & Barbuda, Nicaragua and Panama ratified the Escazú Agreement, giving a major boost to the unprecedented and innovative Latin American pact that seeks to reduce social conflicts and protect frontline communities in the world’s deadliest region for environmental defenders.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres outlined priorities for the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 26) during a briefing at UN Headquarters. The briefing was hosted by the UK, which will be assuming the COP 26 presidency in partnership with Italy. COP 26 is scheduled to convene from 9-20 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.