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 Newsletter Issue 02/2017 
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 In Focus: Climate Diplomacy

Insurgency, Terrorism and Organised Crime in a Warming Climate  Report Launch

As the climate changes, so too do the conditions in which non-state armed groups operate. The complex risks presented by conflicts, climate change and increasingly fragile geophysical and socio-political conditions can contribute to the emergence and growth of non-state armed groups. A new report by adelphi examines the links between climate-fragility risks and non-state armed groups.

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 In Focus: Food Diplomacy

Why does the EU need food diplomacy?

Food is inexorably linked to many areas of policy – from climate change to sustainable development to conflict to migration. The EU has become a major player in ensuring global food security, both through its engagement in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance programmes. Daniele Fattibene argues that it should therefore develop its food diplomacy under the aegis of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and its security policy.


Seizing the Moment: Translating Early Warnings into Early Actions

Extreme weather events and climate variability threaten the livelihoods of millions. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is currently developing a new tool to help mitigate the impact of disasters before they occur. Andreas Wüstenberg, FAO Programme Officer for Early Warning Early Action, explains how it works and what results the team has obtained in initial projects.


Insurance Against Disaster Lessons Learned from the African Risk Capacity

In 2015 G7 leaders endorsed the African Risk Capacity (ARC) as a model for climate insurance. The organisation works with countries to improve their preparedness for extreme weather events and disasters. Ekhosuehi Iyahen, Director of Policy & Technical Services at ARC, shares new insights on innovative mechanisms for strengthening climate-resilience and how to meet the challenges along the way.

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Middle East and North Africa

Water-Energy Nexus: An Innovative Approach to Peacebuilding

EcoPeace Middle East is an organization seeking to create lasting peace though environmental cooperation and protection of shared natural resources. The Jordanian project coordinator, Mohammad Bundokji, explains their innovative approach to peacebuilding, which aims to create positive mutual dependencies for water and energy.

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Europe at Risk? Climate Change, Impacts and Vulnerability Interview with Hans-Martin Füssel

An official report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) finds that climate change poses increasingly severe risks for ecosystems, human health, the economy and security in Europe. Hans-Martin Füssel, EEA Project Manager, summarizes the key takeaway points and explains how to apply the findings.

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 Upcoming Event
24-25 April 2017, Berlin, Germany

Planetary Boundaries Conference 2017

What implications does the Planetary Boundaries concept have for society, the economy and politics? On 24 and 25 April 2017, representatives from academia, politics, civil society, media and the private sector will discuss this important question in Berlin. For more information about the programme and featured speakers (e.g. Johan Rockström), take a look at the conference website.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General on Boko Haram, Lake Chad Violence & Climate Change

Amina Mohammed is the UN Deputy Secretary-General and a former Nigerian environment minister. In this interview, Mohammed points out how the interplay between security and climate change has become very apparent in Nigeria. She talks about the links between Boko Haram and the drying out of Lake Chad, as well as the challenges of urbanisation, rising sea levels and militancy in the Niger Delta.

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Climate and Conflict: Reviewing the Statistical Evidence

A growing number of studies analysing the statistical relationship between climate change and violent conflict have appeared in recent years. The results remain ambiguous and are often misinterpreted.
This paper by Adrien Detges from adelphi provides a brief overview of this research, discusses its main findings and draws key lessons for policymakers.


The EU and Climate Security Policy Brief

Based on the outcomes of the Planetary Security Conference 2016, the Planetary Security Initiative has published this six-page policy brief providing an overview of some key challenges facing European policymakers as they seek to take action against climate risks. It also analyses some of the programmes and mechanisms already in place across the European Union and outlines what the EU could do to strengthen its climate diplomacy.


A Resolution for a Peaceful Climate: Opportunities for the UN Security Council

Climate change is increasingly viewed as the world’s greatest global security risk. However, the UN Security Council has neither consistently nor systematically addressed climate-related security risks. Realizing the necessary transformational policies will require new operating models for the UN institutions and agencies, writes Camilla Born in this SIPRI policy brief.

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UN Environment, Peace and Security? A Convergence of Threats Strategic Report

Over 80 percent of countries consider environmental crime a national priority, with most recognizing that new and more sophisticated criminal activities are increasingly threatening peace and security. INTERPOL and UN Environment surveyed close to 70 countries for their latest joint report on the issue.

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Editorial team:
Alexander Carius, Adrien Detges, Daria Ivleva, Benjamin Pohl, Lukas Rüttinger,
Stella Schaller, Helen Sharp, Dennis Tänzler, Stephan Wolters. Editing support by William Hull and Emily Wright.

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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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