Climate Diplomacy
Europe
14 October, 2016

Quote of the Month

Miguel Arias Cañete

"Our collective task is to turn our commitments into action on the ground. We have the policies and tools to meet our targets, steer the global clean energy transition and modernise our economy."

Stephan Wolters, adelphi

This summer, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini revealed the long-awaited Global Strategy “Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe”. As part of the Strategy, the EU broadens its climate diplomacy approach and integrates it into its overall foreign and security policy thinking. Its predecessor, the European Security Strategy, released in 2003, contained no mention of the climate, whereas now it is cited 26 times. Indeed, this is an important step to help ensure that external climate action is more effective and coherent. Policymakers and diplomats of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and foreign services of the Member States are now tasked with putting this shared vision into practice.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
North America
29 September, 2016

Quote of the Month

John Kerry, Secretary of State

"There’s no question: Climate change is one of the most concerning challenges facing the world today, and, together with our partners throughout the Obama Administration, the State Department will continue to ensure it receives the attention and the action it warrants."

Climate Diplomacy
Europe
Elena Gaspar, Environ

The event “Reduce your carbon footprint 2016” took place on 17 September 2016 in the Romanian Capital as part of the activities organised to celebrate the EU Climate Diplomacy Week (9-18 September 2016).

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Jill Duggan
The first G20 summit since the Paris Agreement is due to start in China on Sunday (4 September). COP21 was a turning point in political action on climate change. Europe must push for an end to fossil fuel subsidies at the G20 in order to capitalise on its momentum, urges Jill Duggan.
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Water
Global Issues
Sabine Blumstein, adelphi

The Nile River is shared by 11 countries, for which it is vital for food and energy production, freshwater, and as a means of transportation. Sharing the resources of the Nile has, however, been politically difficult. Recently, the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has caused a major dispute with downstream Egypt which fears the dam will affect water flow in its own territory.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Development
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Finance
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
Pradeep Kurukulasuriya
With climate change likely intensifying the effects of this year's El Niño, many parts of the world are experiencing longer droughts, more frequent floods and increasingly violent storms. This can have a devastating effect on poor and vulnerable households, underlying the critical role that climate adaptation efforts play in sustaining livelihoods. Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 50 years. Two successive rainy seasons have failed, leaving up to ten million people in need of aid. As of May 2016, humanitarian funding requirements have increased to more than US$1.5 billion.
Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Climate Change
Finance
Private Sector
Sub-Saharan Africa
Clare Shakya, Guest Writers

Approaches developed in Mali, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania offer insights for building resilience in areas facing risks of climate change, disasters and conflict.

Climate Diplomacy
Land & Food
Sustainable Transformation
Water
Asia
Dhanasree Jayaram, Manipal University

With the failure of July 14-15 talks held between India and Pakistan to settle concerns raised by the latter over the former’s dam projects (Kishenganga and Ratle) over the Western rivers (Jhelum’s tributary and Chenab respectively) of the Indus Basin (allocated to the latter under the Indus Waters Treaty), Pakistan has now decided to take the matter to the International Court of Arbitration (ICA), based in the Hague. While the political and legal battles over the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) continue to create headlines in the region, and across the world, there is another time bomb ticking beneath the surface.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Conflict Transformation
Sub-Saharan Africa
Shreya Mitra, International Alert

Earlier this month, armed clashes between competing factions of South Sudan’s government broke out in the capital Juba, a day after the nation’s fifth anniversary of its independence. The conflict dates back to political events and factional fighting that first emerged in 2013.

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