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16 February, 2017

ECC Newsletter Edition 01/2017




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 Focus on Climate Diplomacy

The Risk of Giving up on Climate at the German G20

The G20 finds itself at a crossroads. Since its inception, this exclusive group has had the chief objective of avoiding a new financial crisis. But a looming crisis of a different nature could now undermine international stability just as much: climate change, a risk factor deeply intertwined with other hazards such as slow growth and rising inequality. Lou Del Bello reflects on challenges and ways forward for the German G20 presidency.

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Bridging the Gap Between Forestry and Peacebuilding in Myanmar

Acute competition over access to valuable resources in forested areas in Myanmar has, amongst other factors, contributed to large-scale deforestation and environmental degradation. This has had disastrous consequences for local communities dependent upon these forests for food, water, fuel, shelter and income. For peaceful and sustainable development, it is crucial to look at the interconnected issues of natural resource management, forestry governance and peace, argue Clemence Finaz and Saw Doh Wah.


Interview with Ms. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of UNCCD

"Land degradation is a root cause of migration and a trigger of conflicts", says Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. In this interview, she explains the linkages between environmental change and violent conflict in Africa. Concrete examples, such as the "Great Green Wall", raise hope that conflicts over scarce resources can be successfully addressed, and that degraded landscapes can be restored through collaborative efforts.


Water Connects - Possible Paths for Water Diplomacy

With water resources under increasing pressure, transboundary water management and cooperation are becoming ever more important in shared river basins, and should correspondingly be moved up on the diplomatic agenda. The paper “Water connects”, outlines available options and provides the scientific underpinning for future-oriented narratives and desirable action in water diplomacy. Dr. Thomas Vetter summarises the key points.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia: Climate Change Adaptation Offers Peacebuilding Plan

Recognizing the risks to development posed by climate change and lessons learned on integrating environmental governance and peacebuilding, implementation of Liberia’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) with cooperation from climate finance institutions offers an opportunity to plan and create an environment for sustainable peace, explains Jonathan Rozen.

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Latin America

Realising the Climate Economy in Latin America: a Task for Diplomacy

How does diplomacy support the climate economy in Latin America? A regional workshop in Lima aimed to promote dialogue on the climate economy and brought together representatives from several foreign ministries, line ministries, civil society and the private sector. Daria Ivleva and Stephan Wolters summarise the discussion.

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 Upcoming Event
1-3 March 2017
Chicago, U.S.

2017 Climate Leadership Conference

The annual Climate Leadership Conference convenes a global audience of climate, energy, and sustainability professionals to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Now in its sixth year, the 2017 event will host the nation's climate leaders and decision-makers to further accelerate our low-carbon economy. Featured speakers include heads from government, business and civil society.

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Expert Voices: What International Institutions do about Climate Risks

Climate change is again among the top-ranked risks threatening societies, economies and international peace and security. There is emerging consensus that global governance actors have to find integrated responses and consider climate change impacts throughout the process of policy making, as well as in the field. In this video, representatives from UNEP, EEAS, Red Cross and G7/G20 share insights about how their institution perceives and acts upon climate and security challenges.

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Towards A Global Resilience Agenda: Action on Climate Fragility Risks

This report takes stock of key developments since the publishing of the independent report ‘A New Climate for Peace’ commissioned by G7 members. It provides a concise risk horizon scan, and an overview and assessment of key policy developments in 2015 and 2016 that are of relevance for addressing climate-fragility risks and fostering the global resilience agenda.


The Climate-Energy Nexus and the G20: Compatible or Mutually Exclusive?

What is the current and what will be the future role of the climate energy nexus in the G20? Did the adoption and entry into force of the Paris Agreement influence the agenda of the G20 fora or vice versa? To provide answers to these questions, this paper critically assesses inter alia, the status of approaches to address the climate-energy nexus in the G20 countries and provides recommendations for the climate and energy agenda of the German G20 presidency in 2017.


Policy Paper Series: Climate and Security in Japan and Asia-Pacific

As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan hosted a roundtable seminar with international experts and country representatives to follow up on G7 efforts to address climate-fragility risks, adelphi and IGES jointly published a series of five policy papers on climate-fragility risks in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a workshop summary. These short papers focus on different issues to contextualize the global discourse on the topic and show its relevance for Japan and the region.

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adelphi is a leading think tank for policy analysis and strategy consulting. We offer creative solutions and services on global environment and development challenges for policy, business and civil society communities. Our projects contribute to sustaining natural life systems and fostering sustainable enterprises.

Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano's (FFLA) mission is to promote constructive dialogue, strengthen citizen, political and institutional capacities, and articulate processes towards sustainable development in Latin America. Therefore it utilizes multi-sectoral public policy dialogues and conflict prevention methodologies as its main strategies.
The Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG) was formed in early 2006. Given the wide variety of expertise available at Manipal University this initiative seeks to establish synergies between fundamental research in the natural (physical) sciences and engineering. MARG has also launched the Science, Technology and Security Forum (STSf) website, which is intended to provide a platform to the larger strategic, academic, diplomatic and scientific community to participate in debates on matters impacting international security with a particular focus on Asia and in particular, India.
Energy Poverty Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Queensland: EPRG was established at the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane by the UQ Energy Initiative and the School of Chemical Engineering in 2013. The EPRG is a transdisciplinary group which investigates how energy access and poverty alleviation are interconnected in developing contexts.  It incorporates the disciplines of engineering, economics and business, communications and social change, and behavioural sciences to support enabling environments that can positively shape energy dynamics in impoverished communities. Bringing together research capability and innovation across disciplines, the group explores sustainable, reliable and affordable energy systems that are tailored to local and regional socio-economic contexts.
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