Conflict Transformation
Development
Security
Sub-Saharan Africa
Documents
Lake Chad Basin Report by UN Secretary General - Security Council 2017

On 13 September, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefed the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s 7 September report on the situation in Lake Chad Basin region (S/2017/764). The Council requested the report in resolution 2349, which it adopted on 31 March following its visiting mission to the Lake Chad Basin in early March.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The Brahmaputra River originates in the Tibetan area of China and flows through China, Bhutan, India and Bangladesh, before reaching the sea at the Bay of Bengal. The use of its water resources has become the source of contention between different users in some parts of the river, involving multiple jurisdictions and countries. This report analyses key factors that affect transboundary water cooperation, as well as potential areas of future cooperation.

Climate Diplomacy
Security
Water
Middle East & North Africa
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Water conflict and cooperation surrounding riparian countries among the Jordan River has been one of the most contentious issues in the Middle East, at times leading to the use of military force. While there are many studies analyzing current water contention over the lower part of the Jordan River, there is a gap in a comprehensive analysis of factors affecting various cooperation taking place within the basin, linking analysis to future potential areas of cooperation. This report is the result of a research project aimed at filling this gap.

Conflict Transformation
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Land & Food
Security
Global Issues
Sabrina Stein and Colin Walch
Documents

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a non-legally binding agreement designed to reduce existing levels of risk and prevent emerging risks. While references to conflict were deleted from the final text, Sendai addresses issues parallel to those that would need to be addressed in a prevention and sustaining peace agenda.

Climate Change
Land & Food
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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"There is no peace without tackling food security and eliminating hunger and there will be no food without tackling climate change.” A couple of days ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a new and all-encompassing framework on climate change. The organization acknowledges the enormous threats posed by climate change, and outlines how it will tackle environmental changes in the future. The strategy paper is yet another indicator of institutional change: increasingly, organizations worldwide mainstream climate change into their planning.

Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Security
Water
Middle East & North Africa
Gidon Bromberg and Giulia Giordano, EcoPeace Middle East

This policy brief analyses the challenges and potentials for cooperation among Middle Eastern countries through water governance. It takes the perspective of water insecurity as an instability multiplier, bringing the matter of water distribution and use to the center of the Middle Eastern conflict.

World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA)

Climate change in Afghanistan is not an uncertain, “potential” future risk but a very real, present threat— whose impacts have already been felt by millions of farmers and pastoralists across the country. In this report, it is shown how drought and flood risks have changed over the past thirty years, and what impact this has had on rural livelihoods and food security in the country.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Christoph Bals, Gerrit Hansen, Lutz Weischer
The world has passed the ‘Trump Test’ on climate. At the G20 Summit in Hamburg, all 19 partners with the exception of the new U.S. Administration stood united in their support for the Paris Agreement and its swift implementation.
Lina Li and Stephan Wolters (adelphi), Dr. Yang Fuqiang (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Policy Brief

Substantial changes are underway in a number of countries and in international politics. Time is also running short for the global community to tackle climate change. Donald Trump’s election as US president and the US’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has cast a long shadow over international climate cooperation and diplomacy. The world community is looking to China to help fill the leadership vacuum in international climate politics. This discussion paper seeks to provide a list of concrete recommendations for operationalising China’s global climate leadership and the rationale for why China should go for it.

Joseph Curtin

This IIEA policy brief explores the implications of Brexit for climate policy, within the UK, at EU level and internationally. Four scenarios are considered: Remain, Soft Brexit, Hard Brexit and Ultra-Hard Brexit.

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