Civil Society
Global Issues
Global Witness

For years, land and environmental defenders have been the first line of defence against climate breakdown. Yet despite clearer evidence than ever of the crucial role they play, far too many businesses, financiers and governments fail to safeguard their vital and peaceful work. 

Minerals & Mining
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
International Resource Panel (IRP), UN Environment Programme
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Resources, including minerals and metals, underpin the world’s economies for almost all sectors, providing crucial raw materials for their industrial processes. Despite efforts to decouple economies from resource use towards a circular economy, demand for extractive resources will continue to grow on the back of emerging economies. This report maps existing international governance frameworks and initiatives which have overlapping subsets that focus on delivering the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Civil Society
Climate Change
Conflict Transformation
Energy
Environment & Migration
Gender
Water
Global Issues
Peace Science Digest

For researchers looking into global security dynamics, it is becoming increasingly difficult to overlook climate change as a threat multiplier in conflict situations. While climate change may not directly cause conflict, it may be inextricably woven into pre-existing conflicts of power, ethnicity, and economic interest. Understading the role of climate-related impacts on security is therefore crucial for global peace.

Adaptation & Resilience
Energy
Minerals & Mining
Global Issues
Global Commission on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, IRENA
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Current trends depict an irreversible momentum for a global energy transformation. Renewables have moved to the centre of the global energy landscape. Technological advances and falling costs have made renewables grow faster than any other energy source. Many renewable technologies are now cost-competitive with fossil fuels in the power sector, even before taking into account their contributions to the battles against air pollution and climate change. These trends are creating an irreversible momentum for a global energy transformation leading to shifts that will affect almost all countries and will have wide-ranging geopolitical consequences.

This report published by IRENA's Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy & Industry, and the German Federal Foreign Office looks into these developments from a foreign policy perspective.

Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Climate Diplomacy
Forests
Security
South America
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Instituto Igarapé
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In order to help address escalating violence, UN Environment has launched the UN Initiative for Environmental Defenders. This brief analyses the initiative and looks into how member states can support peace by engaging in environmental diplomacy, with a focus on Brazil.

Cities
Civil Society
Climate Change
Energy
Forests
Land & Food
Minerals & Mining
Water
Global Issues
World Resources Institute

Working with over 30 partners, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has recently launched the Resource Watch. The platform provides a wide array of data sets on various sustainability topics, ranging from food security to urban climate challenges.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Global Issues
Daria Ivleva, Christine Scholl, Stephan Wolters (adelphi), Tim Schlösser and Kim Schultze (GIZ)
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"From Riches to Rags?" looks into the subject of stranded assets in the fossil fuel sector. Stranded assets are assets that lose value, or generate new liabilities, before they reach the end of their (planned) economic life. In this paper, assets primarily refer to fossil fuel resources (oil, gas and coal) that need to stay in the ground because otherwise the 2-degree target specified in the Paris Agreement would be jeopardised.

Civil Society
Conflict Transformation
Private Sector
Security
Global Issues
United Nations and World Bank

This book is a joint United Nations and World Bank study that looks at how development processes can better interact with diplomacy and mediation, security and other tools to prevent conflict from becoming violent.

Cities
Civil Society
Climate Change
Environment & Migration
Global Issues
Franziska Schreiber, Elenis Dellas and Lukas Rüttinger
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This working paper by adelphi explores the new research field of city fragility and its links to climate change and migration.

Energy
Minerals & Mining
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation
Sub-Saharan Africa
Europe
Global Issues
Sijbren de Jong, Willem L. Auping, Willem Th. Oosterveld, Artur Usanov, Mercedes Abdalla, Alice van de Bovenkamp, and Christopher Frattina della Frattina
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HCSS (2017) Geopolitical Impact Climate Mitigation

At the Paris Climate Conference held in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement – the first universal, legally binding global climate deal. The signatory parties committed themselves to a global action plan that aims to keep global warming to well below 2°C and to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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