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19 February, 2019

ECC Newsletter Edition 01/2019


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  In Focus: Climate Diplomacy 

Panic – what is its role in climate diplomacy?

“I want you to panic”. This was the message that 16 year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg gave to the World Economic Forum in Davos, and in it she struck right at the heart of the intergenerational issue central to the sustainability project. Although the last UN climate talks (COP24) delivered the rules the international community needs to implement the Paris Agreement, disappointment and frustration still surround the overall dynamic of the negotiation process. This young activist’s call to focus on the climate and environment crisis is therefore more than appropriate.

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panic - what role for it in Climate Diplomacy

Security Council debates how climate disasters threaten international peace

On 25 January 2019, the UN Security Council held an open debate to discuss the security implications of climate-related disaster events. The meeting, initiated by the Dominican Republic, underscored the global nature of climate-related disasters. The debate marks the beginning of a year in which climate security ranks high on the UN’s agenda. adelphi’s experts were present and provide insights on the debate.


UNEP report analyzes frameworks on legal and illegal trade in wildlife, forest products  

A recent report by the UNEP focuses on addressing trade in wildlife and forest products across the three sectors of crime prevention and criminal justice, trade regulation and natural resource management. It finds that there is less focus on the legislative means for preventing offenses related to trade in wildlife and forest products and more attention on the means for detecting and punishing such offenses.


Resource nexus approaches can inform policy choices   

The unabated growth of natural resource consumption raises risks that we will outstrip the capacities of ecosystems and governance institutions. At the same time, to achieve important global goals related to poverty, health, equity and economic development, we will need even more resources and better management. Can resource governance be improved across and between multiple types of resources, and become integrated with SDG implementation?

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Latin America

Climate migration hotspots in Mexico and Central America  

In some areas of the world, including Central America, rising sea levels and declining agricultural productivity due to climate change are expected to trigger major migratory flows, especially within countries. The role of policy-makers is it to promote local solutions while engaging in regional cooperation for a preventative approach.

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Middle East

Local violence over water resources in Yemen

The current humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains one of the worst in the world and has a clear environmental dimension to it. Since the start of deep well drilling in the 1970s, Yemen’s groundwater resources have diminished at a rapid pace – fostered by state subsidies and the absence of effective regulation. Competition for water has intensified and led to numerous localised conflicts. These longstanding pressures are now severely aggravated by war and fragility.

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How can the Paris Agreement stay on track in a world with Bolsonaro and Trump?

The technical side of the talks at COP24 have been dominated by negotiations aimed at finalising the Paris “rulebook”, the detailed guidelines needed to bring the Paris Agreement to life. But a fight led by the US and Saudi Arabia over how to acknowledge the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5°C, a US side-event promoting coal and Brazil’s decision to pull out of hosting the COP25 talks next year have provided a unsettled backdrop.

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The Hague Declaration on Planetary Security - Interview with Alexander Carius

The Planetary Security Conference 2019 started today, on 19 February. A key agenda item will be to review and assess what has been achieved since “The Hague Declaration” was launched in 2017. In this video, adelphi’s Managing Director Alexander Carius explains what the declaration is calling for and stresses the importance of concrete commitments.

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UK Food Security and Climate Change

This primer explains the current situation concerning the United Kingdom’s food supply and how this is likely to change in the medium and long term as a result of climate change. It discusses likely threats to UK food security emerging from a range of potential warming scenarios and the current policy debate on how to address them effectively.


China as a New Climate Responsible Donor? (Brief)

China is rapidly evolving into one of the world’s largest overseas investors and is now increasingly investing in the renewable energy sector. However, China’s development finance portfolio as well as its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are still heavily focused on fossil fuel-based projects. The brief outlines several institutional developments that warrant special attention, namely the Chinese and China-led multilateral development banks and China’s new development cooperation agency.


A New World - The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

Current trends depict an irreversible momentum for a global energy transformation. Technological advances and falling costs have made renewables grow faster than any other energy source. These trends are creating an irreversible momentum for a global energy transformation that will affect almost all countries and will have wide-ranging geopolitical consequences.
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