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.

Thematic Reading

Water diplomacy, a tool for climate action?

24 August, 2020

In this SIWI World Water Week workshop organized by adelphi and IHE Delft, experts from the diplomacy, development, security, climate change and water communities will discuss the conditions under which specific diplomatic tools can be used by riparian and non-riparian countries to shape regional cooperation to address climate, ad other security and development challenges, such as migration.

Many transboundary water basins around the world are facing climate-related challenges that will intensify in the decades to come, potentially contributing to insecurity and fragility. Adaptation will be important for ensuring sustainable development and political stability; in turn, these are preconditions for countries to be able to adapt to a changing climate while meeting their Paris and Agenda 2030 goals. Water diplomacy can help prevent and resolve current and potential conflicts over water resources. However, a comprehensive understanding of the conditions under which specific diplomatic tools have been successfully used to this end – and how they can address broader development and security challenges - is missing.

This session will discuss under what conditions water diplomacy can contribute to broader regional cooperation beyond water. After an introductory keynote, it will feature a panel discussion bringing together experts from the water, climate change and diplomacy and security communities to discuss how diplomatic tools can be used to advance climate and security goals, with examples from the Central Asian region and the Mekong basin. Other members of the audience will be encouraged to share their views and experiences. 

  • Welcome – Beatrice Mosello, adelphi
  • Introduction: “Emerging trends in water diplomacy” – Susanne Schmeier, IHE Delft
  • Panel discussion: “How has water diplomacy been used to advance climate and security goals?”
    • Moderation: Beatrice Mosello, adelphi
    • Speakers:
      • Aaron Salzberg, University of North Carolina
      • Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University
      • Anoulak Kittikhoun, Mekong River Commission
      • Dinara Ziganshina, Interstate Сommission for Water Coordination in Сentral Asia
  • Q&A
  • Concluding remarks – Aaaron Wolf, Oregon State University


Registration link available soon.




Read here the summary of last year's World Water Week event 'Analytical tools for identifying water conflict risks'.

Watch this interview on the 'Water, Peace and Security Partnership' with Dr. Susanne Schmeier (IHE Delft) at the Planetary Security Conference 2019:

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