Climate Change
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World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
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The United in Science 2020 report has been compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) under the direction of the UN Secretary-General to bring together the latest climate science-related updates from a group of key global partner organisations. 

Civil Society
Global Issues
Global Witness

For years, land and environmental defenders have been the first line of defence against climate breakdown. Yet despite clearer evidence than ever of the crucial role they play, far too many businesses, financiers and governments fail to safeguard their vital and peaceful work. 

Climate Change
Global Issues
Dr. Judith Nora Hardt and Alina Viehoff, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg

This new research report by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) investigates to what extent the 15 current member states of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) perceive climate change as a threat to their own security and security worldwide and to what extent they integrate the climate change-security nexus – the multiple security threats posed by climate change – into their domestic and foreign policies and their respective positions in the UN.

Kevin M. Adams, Katy Harris, Richard J. T. Klein, Frida Lager and Magnus Benzie (Stockholm Environment Institute)
Policy Brief

This brief provides an overview of the state of knowledge on transboundary climate risks in Europe, and explores how this knowledge could help Member States, businesses and the EU as a whole to advance climate-resilient trade and production.

International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS)
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The International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) has released a new report urging leaders to make climate change a “security priority” in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

Climate Change
Global Issues

Climate is changing everywhere, but it is people living in fragile circumstances who feel the effects most severely. Climate change and conflict continue to cause massive suffering by intensifying inequality. This policy report explores how people deal with the combination of conflict and climate risks, and how they cope and adapt. In addition, it discusses how the humanitarian sector will have to adjust and adapt to address these risks. 

Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions
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The document summarises the outcomes of an “Online Atelier” on the Future of Global Climate Action (GCA) in the UNFCCC held in May 2020.

UNSC Open Debate Climate and Security_Summary

On 24 July 2020, the UN Security Council met for a keynote debate to discuss the security implications of climate change impacts in a session chaired by German foreign minister Heiko Maas. This summary synthesises the debate's key moments, statements and outcomes.

Christian König and Janani Vivekananda, adelphi
CSEN Briefer_Three pager_How Can UN Organs Respond to Climate-Security Risks?

This CSEN briefer outlines the different sets of tools available to the UN organs for responding to climate-security risks and offers the rationale for implementing these actions in the future. It includes an infographic displaying some of the potential actions the General Assembly, the UNFCCC, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council can and should take in order to address climate-security risks.

Janani Vivekananda (adelphi), Adam Day (UNU-CPR) and Susanne Wolfmaier (adelphi)
UNSC Options Paper Cover

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has so far been reluctant to tackle climate change. But as climate-related impacts on security become more apparent, questions of whether the UNSC should address the security implications of climate change become increasingly pertinent. While recognising the limits of UNSC action, this non-paper serves as a backgrounder to examine how climate change and security risks trigger the UNSC’s mandate for action, and what action the Council could take in response.