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20 December, 2018

ECC Newsletter Edition 7/2018


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  In Focus: Climate Diplomacy 

International climate policy has once again gotten away with it

Almost 200 states have agreed on measures to limit global warming in Katowice, Poland, after a two-week marathon of negotiations. The state representatives participating at the Conference of the Parties (COP24) agreed on a 156-page rulebook on Saturday night, listing measures and controls to limit the global rise in average temperatures to well below two degrees Celsius.

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International water cooperation opens the door to peacemaking

Water is an essential input for agriculture and industry, but it is increasingly scarce in many regions. When it crosses international borders via shared rivers, lakes and aquifers, it can become a source of conflict and contention. Yet, a new study finds that water is not only a source of instability, but can be a catalyst for cooperation and even peace.




Artificial intelligence: our next ally against environmental risks

Scientists across the globe are developing live dashboards to study the natural world in unprecedented detail — ushering in a new age of opportunities and ethical dilemmas. A glance at one sattelite map of the Peruvian Amazon is enough to grasp the scale of ecosystem devastation. But who owns the data and what is the role of diplomacy for cooperation and regulation of AI solutions?


Editor’s pick: 10 food conflicts from Morocco to North Korea  

More than 800 million people — 11 percent of the world’s population — are hungry. When food is sufficiently available, safe, nutritious and accessible to all, one can speak of a state of "food security". However, environmental factors such as pollution, land degradation and extreme weather events have been causing a rise in hunger in many countries throughout the world.

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Latin America

A new mega railway across Latin America

Linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans across the Latin American landmass has often been presented as one of the 'holy grails' of development for the region. While China’s idea of a 'Nicaraguan Canal' has made headlines globally, another major infrastructure project is in the works further south: the Bi-Oceanic Railway. The idea has already spurred transboundary environmental cooperation, but the public is still in the dark.

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Climate pressures and geopolitics in Pakistan: the case for regional cooperation

Pakistan’s unprecedented climate impacts make it clear: regional cooperation for managing shared waters is desperately needed. To halt the increasing effects on agriculture and livelihoods that cripple the country’s economy, diplomacy is of paramount importance. In our interview, Moeen Khan explains how territorial and ethnic tensions with India hinder much-needed transboundary solutions – and how the international community can help.

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15 February - 17 February 2019, Munich, Germany

Munich Security Conference 2019

Today, the MSC is the world’s leading forum for debating international security policy. During the main conference in February, more than 450 high-profile and senior decision-makers as well as thought-leaders from around the world gather in Munich, in order to engage in intensive debates.

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19 February - 20 February 2019, The Hague, Netherlands

Planetary Security Conference 2019 

The PSC is the key global event on climate change and security, bringing together high-level policymakers, experts and practitioners to explore concrete actions on development, foreign and security policy addressing interlinked climate-security risks in a holistic way. The 2019-edition will focus on reviewing progress on climate-security action. You are welcome to contribute with your cases by completing our short survey. 

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Human consciousness and climate change - Interview with John D. Liu

Climate change, desertification and poverty are consequences of materialism, greed and self-interest: Ecosystem Ambassador John Liu from The Commonwealth Foundation argues that we are now witnessing the results of reckless exploitation of ecosystems and humans, and that consciousness is necessary to overcome our state of confusion and prevent the dangerous consequences of materialism.

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UN Initiative for Environmental Defenders and the role of environmental diplomacy (Brief)

In order to help address escalating violence, UN Environment has launched the UN Initiative for Environmental Defenders. Our brief analyses the initiative and provides four recommendations how member states can support peace by engaging in environmental diplomacy. The case study of Brazil illustrates the urgency of environmental crime across the continent.


The Vulnerable Twenty – from climate risks to adaptation (Report)

The so-called Vulnerable Twenty Group (V20), established in October 2015, comprises the world’s most vulnerable countries in face of climate change risks. This report serves as a compendium of the V20’s climate risk profiles, adaptation needs and policy approaches, and aims to help readers easily identify what is needed in terms of support for adaptation activities in each country. 


Emissions Gap Report 2018

There is an enormous gap between what we need to do and what we are actually doing to prevent dangerous levels of climate change. And that gap is getting bigger. This new report by UN Environment looks at emissions associated with the national climate pledges (NDCs) and current policies of the world’s largest economies. A number of countries have already reached their peak emissions, and more are on track to do so soon. 
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