Christian König, Hannah Kurnoth and Katarina Schulz, adelphi
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The first part of the 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference took place online on June 23 and 24, 2020, bringing together leading figures from governments, international organisations and the scientific community through two sessions on the state of the art of climate and security and a high-level political segment. This summary outlines the highlights of the conference.
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Security
Global Issues
Adrien Detges, Christian König, Benjamin Pohl, Lukas Rüttinger, Janani Vivekananda (adelphi); Daniel Klingenfeld, Jacob Schewe, Barbora Sedova (PIK)
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A new synthesis report for policymakers provides an overview of the growing research on the links between climate change, security and peace.

Judith Nora Hardt, IFSH
IFSH policy brief_Climate and the UNSC

Traditional security actors and institutions facing complex socio-ecological dynamics stand on the brink of change. How do the 15 current UN Security Council member states approach the connections between climate change and security? In the new IFSH Policy Brief, Dr. Judith Nora Hardt presents the research results of the project "Climate Change and Security in the UN Security Council" (CLISEC UNSC) on this question.

Security
South America
Central America & Caribbean
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute, and Lukas Rüttinger, adelphi
Policy Brief

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 (LAC). Additionally, high inequality is shaping how climate affects security in the region, raising new issues about climate justice and climate-related migration. In short, climate change acts as a risk multiplier in LAC, exacerbating existing conflict and fragility dynamics.

Security
Sub-Saharan Africa
Chitra Nagarajan, Climate Security Expert Network
Policy Brief
Climate fragility risks Mali

The majority of Mali’s regions are currently affected by violent conflict. At the same time, Mali’s climate is changing. This climate security risk brief outlines the following linkages between climate change and security in Mali and their implications for peace and stability.

Wim Zwijnenburg and Brittany Roser, PAX
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What is needed to fully tackle the complex challenges around the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts? Civil society, affected states and experts have struggled with this essential question for decades.

Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Climate Change
Conflict Transformation
Security
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
Asia
Adam Day and Jessica Caus, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)
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Today’s violent conflicts are proving deadlier and more difficult to resolve than ever before. In addition, there is a growing recognition of the role of climate change in exacerbating conflict risks. In light of these, a new report by UNU-CPR aims to support the UN and its partners in developing climate-sensitive conflict prevention approaches.

Lukas Rüttinger, adelphi

A growing body of research on the links between climate change, fragility and conflict shows that climate change will make peacebuilding more urgent and complex. Climate-sensitive peacebuilding has the potential to significantly contribute to addressing climate-fragility risks. The Peacebuilding Fund and the Peacebuilding Commission have both started to address the links between climate change, fragility and conflict and these experiences can be used to strengthen their engagement on the topic.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Security
Global Issues
International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS)
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The Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) released its inaugural “World Climate and Security Report 2020” at the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the annual and influential gathering of senior international security and military leaders.

Beatrice Mosello and Janani Vivekananda, adelphi

This report assesses how peacebuilding programming can produce adaptation benefits, so that interventions simultaneously contribute to reduced intercommunal conflict and strengthened resilience to shocks. It draws on the evaluations of programs that included peacebuilding and climate change adaptation to synthesize lessons learned, develop and test a theory of change, and offer recommendations integrating approaches that consider and address compound climate-fragility risks.

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