A New Climate for Peace

Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks

This independent report, commissioned by the G7 members, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding, the report recommends that the G7 take concrete action, both as individual members and jointly, to tackle climate-fragility risks and increase resilience to them.


Resilience Compass

When climate change exacerbates conflicts and crises, resilience must be the compass for foreign policy. The Resilience Compass features news, reflections and opinions on climate change and fragility, with contributions from the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, International Alert and guest authors.


Factbook, Readings, Events

This collection of resources complements and extends the analysis of the report. It contains an interactive factbook allowing users to explore case studies from around the world and provides background readings and contextualized report and event summaries.

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Climate Action is Critical for Sustaining Peace

17 October, 2016 by Jonathan Rozen

Worsening climate conditions directly threaten the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and with them the conditions for peaceful societies. As the Paris Agreement comes into force on November 4, 2016, the world will be committed to the best existing global strategy for limiting and reversing climate change. Advancing sustainable development and peace will require bold climate action that looks beyond short-term political constraints.

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Seven ways to build resilient local economies in fragile contexts

22 August, 2016 by Clare Shakya

Approaches developed in Mali, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania offer insights for building resilience in areas facing risks of climate change, disasters and conflict.

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Ethnic diversity and climate change: lessons on the conditions that bring about conflict

05 August, 2016 by Austin Miles

A paper published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tests the hypothesis that climate related natural disasters may be part of the cause of conflict in countries with high ethnic fractionalization.

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Climate, Water, and the Economy

28 June, 2016 by Sara Gustafson (IFPRI)

The effects of climate change vary from region to region, but according to a new study from the World Bank, the majority of the global impact stemming from climate change will come through the water cycle. High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy examines how scarce and variable water supplies will interact with growing global populations, rising incomes, and expanding urban areas and how smart policies and investments can reduce or eliminate the negative consequences.

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Building climate resilience in cities: lessons from New York

09 June, 2016 by Cynthia Rosenzweig and William Solecki

We live in an urbanizing world. Up to two-thirds of the world’s population – some six billion people – may live in cities by 2050.

Cities have emerged as first responders to climate change because they experience the impacts of natural disasters firsthand and because they produce up to 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climate change and conflict: how Mali can grow more resilient

03 June, 2016 by Jonathan Rozen and Gustavo de Carvalho (ISS Africa)

Wrapped in a purple boubou (robe), Salou Moussa Maïga, 60, sits with his hands clasped between his knees and explains how climate change has fuelled violent conflict in Ansongo, Mali. As the president of a farming cooperative, he knows the cost of drought all too well. ‘The rain period has decreased considerably from years ago … we don’t have grass anymore,’ he told ISS Today. ‘Everything is naked.’

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Nigeria faces new security threat fuelled by climate change and ethnicity

13 May, 2016 by Chidi Oguamanam

Forging national unity has been a perennial challenge to Nigeria’s evolution as a country. Since independence from Britain 56 years ago, the country continues to weather severe existential storms that strike at its very core.

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Dams, drought and disaster along the Mekong river

12 May, 2016 by Jennifer Rigby (IRIN News)

The original version of this article appeared on IRIN.

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Climate Change, Arab Spring and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

22 December, 2015 by Mohammad Bundokji - EcoPeace Middle East

A contribution from guest writer Mohammad Bundokji, EcoPeace Middle East, on the compound climate-fragility risks arising from water scarcity, energy requirements and population influx in Jordan.

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Nuancing 'Climate Refugee' Language and Images

16 December, 2015 by John Wihbey

Migrants and Syrian refugees have become the new 'stranded polar bear' of climate change imagery. But most such impacts will seldom be so dramatic or camera-ready.

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Climate Change, Conflict, and the Sustainable Development Goals

30 September, 2015 by Alec Crawford (IISD)

Peace and stability, it has long been recognized, are prerequisites for sustainable development. A quick look at the most recent Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme shows that those countries furthest from achieving sustainable human development are typically those most affected by violence and fragility: countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Somalia. Without peace and stability, progress on education, health and other determinants of wellbeing in these countries will be difficult, if not impossible.

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