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)
Quick Access

"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.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Water
Sub-Saharan Africa
Sabine Blumstein, adelphi
Policy Brief

The Orange-Senqu Basin in Southern Africa is among the most developed basins on the African continent. Already affected by severe climate variabilities, future climate change  could worsen existing challenges. Despite a high-level of institutional cooperation between all basin countries, existing water-related disagreements could be aggravated by the impacts of climate change.

Sabine Blumstein, adelphi
Policy Brief

The Mekong River in Southeast Asia is an important source of life for people living within the basin. Sharing the river’s water resources is, however, becoming increasingly  difficult, and has already sparked disputes among riparians. Climate change could potentially increase political instabilities and intensify interstate disputes.

Robert Sturrock and Dr. Peter Ferguson
Documents
“The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge”

This report argues Australia is underprepared and underpreparing for climate change. According to the authors, Australia must position herself to protect the country and the region more effectively. It can be a regional leader in preserving human security by acting in concert with its partners to prepare for the climate security challenges ahead. Climate risks are an opportunity for deepened, constructive and non-threatening engagement in Asia.

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