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.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are currently engaged in vital talks over the dispute relating to the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. While non-African actors are increasingly present in the negotiations, the African Union (AU) is playing a marginal role.
Climate change was more central than ever at this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC), the leading international forum for senior military, security and foreign policy leaders. The release of the inaugural “World Climate and Security Report 2020” (WCSR 2020) by the Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) should help policymakers take effective action.
The mission of the Munich Security Conference is to “address the world’s most pressing security concerns”. These days, that means climate security: climate change is the ultimate threat multiplier, and anyone discussing food security, political instability, migration, or competition over resources should be aware of the climate change pressures that are so often at the root of security problems.
The European Green Deal has made the environment and climate change the focus of EU action. Indeed, climate change impacts are already increasing the pressure on states and societies; however, it is not yet clear how the EU can engage on climate security and environmental peacemaking. In this light, and in the run-up to the German EU Council Presidency, adelphi and its partners are organising a roundtable series on “Climate, environment, peace: Priorities for EU external action in the decade ahead”.