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  Newsletter Issue 05/2019  
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  In Focus: Climate Diplomacy 

Let's adapt towards the Year of Action

Adapting to climate change and strengthening resilience are becoming priorities for the international community – however, they require greater ambition in climate policy. 107 governments and numerous international organisations have endorsed a call for action on raising ambition at the UN Climate Change Summit on 23rd September 2019. Following the summit, the Global Commission on Adaptation will begin its Year of Action to meet the climate challenges ahead. The Year of Action is here to accelerate climate adaptation around the world, to improve human well-being and to drive more sustainable economic development and security.

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Analytical tools for identifying water conflict risks Event summary

Access to water can be a critical resource for cooperation, but also a source of tension. Identifying risks before their onset is crucial for the feasibility of intervention strategies, but how can these risks be measured? To address this conundrum, adelphi and partners convened a side-event at World Water Week, which connected experts developing analytical tools to policy makers.



Land & Food

Linking climate change and peacebuilding in Colombia through land access

Colombia's long-standing internal conflict and the country's contribution to climate change share one common root cause: land concentration. Policies to strengthen access to land and to ensure sustainable land use might therefore hold the key to promoting peacebuilding in Colombia, while simultaneously reducing emissions.

Climate Change

Explainer: 'Desertification' and the role of climate change

The severity of desertification and its mutual relationship with climate change cannot be overstated. In light of the recent launch of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Robert McSweeney from Carbon Brief explains what desertification is, what role climate change plays, and what impact it has across the world.


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South America

Organized crime in the Amazon: Illegal mining hotspots

A new form of organized crime has been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. The impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further corruption and crime.

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Climate-related disasters pose grave challenges to health in South Asia

As disasters wreak havoc all over South Asia, health impacts have emerged as a major concern in the region. It underscores the need for concerted efforts towards building synergies between the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda, particularly now, in the post-disaster phase, to ensure “building back better” and future disaster prevention.

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14-16 October 2019, Rabat, Morocco

MENA Workshop on Water Security & Environmental Peacebuilding

Climate change and its disruptive impact on water resources are increasingly recognised as threat multipliers that exacerbate conflict in areas around the world. The workshop will gather practitioners from the MENA region to discuss the role that civil society can play in fostering environmental cooperation and increasing the resilience of their communities vis-à-vis climate change and conflict.

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2-13 December 2019, Santiago, Chile

UNFCCC 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25)

The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the UNFCCC Convention. In 2019, the Parties' annual progress review meeting will take place in Chile in December, with a pre-sessional period from 26 November-1 December 2019. In particular, the host country will highlight the following topics during the conference: oceans, Antarctica, biodiversity, forests, adaptation, cities, renewable energies, circular economy and electromobility. A pre-COP meeting will take place in Costa Rica from 8-10 October.

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How SDGs transform foreign policy thinking: Examples from Germany – Susanne Baumann

The SDGs are a unique compass for holistic foreign policy thinking. In this interview, Susanne Baumann, Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control and Head of the Directorate-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control at the German Federal Foreign Office, gives examples of how German foreign policy works to achieve the SDGs.

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The only solution to climate change is multilateral – John Kerry, former US Secretary of State

As a cross border and cross sectoral issue, climate change blurs the line between foreign and domestic policy. John Kerry, former US Secretary of State, sees multilateralism as the only way to ensure a fighting chance against climate change and maintains that international cooperation on climate translates into good security, economic and social policies at home.

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  New Publications

Guidelines for conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change

The guidelines for conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change were developed by adelphi on behalf of the German Environment Agency (UBA) and outline how to design and implement an adaptation project in a fragile or conflict-affected context. Addressed at planners and project managers, the guide provides tools and methods to ensure that an adaptation project does not exacerbate tensions and, ideally, contributes to peace and stability.

Shoring Up Stability – Addressing climate and fragility risks in the Lake Chad region

Lake Chad is caught in a conflict trap. Violence between armed opposition groups – including the so-called 'Islamic State West Africa Province' and 'Boko Haram' – and state security forces has left 10.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Climate change is compounding these challenges. This report identifies key risks and proposes pragmatic solutions to shore up stability in the region.

Worth every cent: Smarter approaches to addressing fragility

80 per cent of the world's poorest could be living in fragile contexts by 2030, making fragility one of the capital challenges to achieving sustainable development. Fragility is multidimensional and complex, and progress in fragile contexts is not easy. But instead of shying away from this task, the ambition of the international community must be stepped up. Foreign policy can help increase the efficacy of investments to tackle fragility.
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