Germany in the UN Security Council: Climate and Security Revisited 

Germany is set to hold a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020 and has announced that “climate fragility” will be one of the key issues they wish to prioritise during their term. 

New climate committee in the Netherlands lead by Ban Ki-Moon  

On the initiative of the Netherlands, a new international climate committee will start next month. This “Global Commission on Adaptation” will be dedicated to convince countries worldwide to face and adapt to the consequences of climate change. The Minister, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, announced that former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Bill Gates, and the World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will lead this committee. 

New milestones for climate in UN Security Council 

 The Climate-Security nexus was reaffirmed with a new resolution on AMISOM, the UNSC mandated AU mission in Somali and a new Presidential Statement on the UNOWAS mandate. The Pacific Island Forum in September reiterated their call for a special UN Envoy for climate security and now in addition to this also called for a special rapporteur for the UNSC.

Energy transition may lead to new “green” conflict minerals 

A new report published by IISD explores how the accelerating energy transition will affect security and conflict within the larger context of sustainable development. This transitioning requires countries to adopt green energy technologies that are profoundly dependent on mineral and metal inputs, ergo inextricably linking them to the mining industry. 

Responding to climate-related security risks: Are regional organizations in Asia and Africa ready? 

The transnational character of climate-related security risks often goes beyond the capacity of national governments to respond adequately. A newly published study by PSI Consortium partner SIPRI shows that, in various ways, climate-related security risks have found their way into the policy frameworks and institutional discourse of many regional institutions.

Que peut faire l’UE? Les risques de sécurité liés au climat en Irak et au Mali 

Cette note de politique propose un aperçu succinct de la façon dont le lien entre la sécurité et le climat est apparu dans l’agenda politique de l’UE, sa pertinence dans deux cas de priorité politique – Irak et Mali – et comment les politiques et instruments d’action extérieure de l’UE pourraient aider à réduire les risques climatiques. 


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