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  In Focus: Climate Diplomacy 

Climate Security – It’s Crunch Time  

It’s crunch time for the global climate security discourse. While the COVID-19 crisis remains the key present challenge, it’s time to take stock of where the debate stands on the security implications of climate change in the run-up to another debate in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), scheduled for July 2020. The Berlin Climate Security Conference series, initiated a year ago with a call for action,  complements the UNSC debate, with one conference taking place end of June and a follow-up conference in September 2020 to pave the way for more action. A “Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment,” intended to help identify concrete solutions, is part of implementing the call. 

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Conflict Transformation

10 Insights into Climate Impacts  and Peace

New report for policymakers provides an overview of the growing research on the links between climate change, security and peace. The synthesis identifies ten insights into climate-related security risks and lays the groundwork for the "Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment", led by adelphi and PIK, which will be launched at the Berlin Climate and Security Conference.



How Germany Should Address Climate Change at  the UNSC 

In the wake of Germany’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) presidency for the month of July 2020, its role in addressing climate change in the body gains even greater importance. A look into selected UNSC members that are also pushing the climate issue reveals: health and economic risks are key entry-points.

Climate Diplomacy

Will India Shift its Stance on Climate Security in the UNSC?

It’s official: India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for 2021-22. Previously, the country has adopted a cautionary approach towards climate security. While it may not significantly shift its positions, global realities may trigger more openness, with an eye on multilateralism, rule of law and fairness.


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South America, Central America & Caribbean

How Can the UN better Promote Climate Action in Latin America & the Caribbean? Notes From the UN75 Process

75 years ago, the UN was born. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN looks back at several important achievements, but much work on persisting challenges still lies ahead. Increased UN engagement in three areas can make the region more resilient to future challenges.

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North  America

COVID-19 and Climate Change Will Change the Definition of National Security

The scope of national security is expanding beyond violent threats to encompass a broader array of dangers. In an article for World Politics Review, CFR's Stewart M. Patrick assesses the implications of COVID-19 and climate change for the theory and practice of national security.

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23-24 June 2020, Online

Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020 (Part I)

This first part of the #BCSC2020 will feature two scientific workshops, a session on field experiences and a high-level political segment. After the summer break, a second part will reflect on how comprehensive risk assessments could support forward-looking and preventative foreign and security policy.

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8 June - 31 August 2020, Online

Fragility Forum 2020: Partnering for Development and Peace

The Fragility Forum is a high-level event organised by the World Bank Group, which brings together practitioners and policymakers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experiences in engaging in environments affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV).

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3 July 2020, Online 

Geopolitics of Decarbonisation: Re-shaping EU Foreign Relations

How will the EU’s and global decarbonisation patterns impact the EU’s relations with fossil fuel suppliers? A new study from adelphi and the Institute for European Studies inquires into the impacts of decarbonisation on six fossil fuel suppliers, exploring the consequences for the EU’s foreign policy, and providing recommendations to the EU, including the incoming German Presidency of the EU Council.

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Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2019 - HIGHLIGHTS

On the eve of #BCSC2020, it's worth looking into some of the highlights of #BCSC2019. Last year, experts joined forces to convey one clear message: the climate crisis directly affects security, and the time to act is now. The conference culminated in the Berlin Call for Action. Watch  the best moments, key statements and expert interviews.

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MARSABIT - The Movie

In northern Kenya, prolonged drought is causing resource scarcity and fueling conflict among the tribes. Yet, members of the local communities refuse to let the harsh climate conditions determine their fate. Overcoming tremendous challenges with exceptional strength, optimism and resilience, they foster dialogue between communities, organise peace meetings, develop alternative livelihoods...

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  New Publications

Climate-fragility Risk Brief: Latin America & the Caribbean

State fragility, often related to the expansion of organised crime and human rights violations, has contributed towards elevated rates of violence across Latin America and the Caribbean. This policy brief draws on the existing research from the region to outline some of those entry points for solutions and analyse the problems that need solving. It examines the relevance of the region's patterns of poverty, inequality, crime and governance to the relationship between climate change and security. 

Gender, Climate and Security: Sustaining Inclusive Peace on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Climate change is a defining threat to peace and security in the 21st century – its impacts are felt by everyone, but not equally. Gender norms and power dynamics shape how women and men of different backgrounds experience or contribute to insecurity in a changing climate. Grounded in case studies from research and programming experience, this report offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how gender, climate and security are linked.


A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States' Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus

How do the 15 current UN Security Council member states approach the connections between climate change and security? This policy brief presents the research results of the project "Climate Change and Security in the UN Security Council" on this question. The results illustrate how essential it is for the UNSC to recognise the interrelations of climate and security and their multiple effects.
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