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

03 December, 2018 to 14 December, 2018
Katowice, Poland


The UN climate summits, i.e. so called COP (Conference of the Parties) are global conferences, in the course of which action for climate policy is negotiated. Poland hosted them twice - in 2008, in Poznań and in 2013, in Warsaw. This year's summit will include: 24. Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), 14. Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14) and the Conference of Signatories to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).

In December 2018, for the first time, the climate summit will take place in Katowice. In April 2017 the UN technical mission delegates, while visiting the capital of Upper Silesia, appreciated the city’s excellent preparation for the event, including its infrastructure, meeting the highest standards.

The candidacy of Katowice received recognition from Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Development – Mateusz Morawiecki, as well as the Minister of the Environment, Professor Jan Szyszko, who stated that, ‘The whole region of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie is a very important example of what can be achieved through consistent policy of sustainable development and economic transformation. ‘

About 20 thousand people from 190 countries will take part in the event, including politicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations, scientific community and business sector.



12 September, 2018 to 14 September, 2018
San Francisco, USA

Global Climate Action Summit

The Summit will underscore the urgency of the threat and channel the energy and idealism of people everywhere to overcome it. Time to zero in.


Come join us – entrepreneurs, singers, musicians, mathematicians, professors, students – we need people that represent the whole world because this is about the whole world and the people who live here … It’s time to act, it’s time to join together, and that’s why at this Climate Action Summit, we’re going to get it done.

–Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Message to the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, July 2017


Access here the event's press release.

18 June, 2018 to 21 June, 2018
Cape Town, South Africa

Adaptation Futures 2018

Adaptation Futures 2018 provides an opportunity for international networking and dialogue with more than 1000 participants from academia, government, civil society and business, all aiming to take climate adaptation forward. Adaptation Futures 2018 aims to use our setting on the African continent to attract more African and Global South delegates than ever before to the conference and forefront developing country adaptation contexts.

Adaptation Futures 2018 aims to:

  • Facilitate dialogue between research and government, civil society, international agencies and business
  • Continue the shift from problem diagnosis to solutions and innovations
  • Link adaptation action to sustainable development, investment and planning
  • Have a strong focus on Africa and the Global South
  • Provide attendance grants for delegates from developing countries
  • Encourage the participation of early career researchers and practitioners
  • Offer a variety of plenary and parallel sessions, round tables and side events
  • Offer a vibrant Adaptation Expo

The conference will bring together diverse actors working in climate adaptation to learn from and stimulate each other in what they do and how they do it: academic and applied researchers, professionals in consulting and other roles, policymakers and managers, civil society, business, those working in international bodies and multilateral bodies.


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26 April, 2018 to 28 April, 2018
Bonn, Germany

9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

Resilient Cities 2018, the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, is taking place on 26 - 28 April 2018 in Bonn, Germany. The annual forum is organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany.

Resilient Cities 2018 will focus on: 

  • Stocktaking: Reviewing the state of urban resilience and local implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (cross-cutting theme); 
  • Social cohesion: Building resilient urban societies; 
  • Resilient and resource efficient cities: transition toward a circular economy; and
  • Reinventing business as usual: Private sector engagement in resilience building.  

Congress themes also include current and pressing issues such as ecosystem-based adaptation, managing climate-related health risks, data and ICT resilience, and evidence-based adaptation planning. Check the detailed list of themes here.

16 April, 2018 to 18 April, 2018
North Carolina, USA

Nexus 2018: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce our intention to reconvene our Nexus conference addressing Water-Energy-Food and Climate in spring of 2018.

This will be the second Nexus Conference that The Water Institute has organized. The first in 2014 made a significant input to the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the Chapel Hill Declaration.​

The 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015 at its heart has 17 SDGs, 169 targets and 232 indicators. It is the blueprint to a more sustainable, fair and equitable world. It is the first global agreement that recognizes the interlinkages between sectors and suggests ways to address them.

The 2018 Nexus Conference will focus on the:

  • Science-policy interface;
  • partnerships;
  • solutions;
  • review of Sustainable Development Goal commitments (2018 and for the Heads of State review in 2019);
  • sharing of tools, indicators and methodologies; and
  • the identification of gaps.

The conference will facilitate space for the development of collaborative work.

It will build on recognizing and respecting the work that sector experts are engaged with while also addressing some key challenges that will require a Nexus approach these include:

  • Agriculture will have to produce 30-50% more food by 2030
  • Primary energy needs will increase by 40% by 2030
  • Demand for water will exceed global availability by 40 % in 2030
  • Surge of 200 million climate change refugees will reverse global healthcare progress by 2050

Since the 2014 conference a number of areas that interface with the Nexus discourse have developed and the conference will address three cross cutting areas.

These will be the urban challenge – where the Nexus tradeoffs really become vital to communities and people’s lives.

The conference will look at the health-related Nexus issues recognizing that with climate change these will increase.

Finally, it will look at the migration and mobility as governments and stakeholders start to develop the Global Compact on Migration over the next two years. Nexus issues play a critical role in the increase of migration as food and water become scarce and climate change impacts are increasingly have an effect.

The Nexus recognizes that there is no place in an interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. If the world is going to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty, achieving security for water, energy and food is critical. This challenge is becoming even more critical with the impacts of climate change, and water will be the medium by which we will address much of the Nexus.

The Nexus approach will maximize the benefits of sectoral expertise while working across the boundaries. It will seek practical and effective plans to better understand the interactions.

The Conference brings together scientists and academics, practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders to focus on how and why the nexus approach can be used on local and international levels.

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18 March, 2018 to 23 March, 2018
Brasília, Brazil

8th World Water Forum

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth”.

Founded in 1996 with its permanent headquarters in the French city of Marseille, the World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder platform organization bringing together nearly 400 institutions from every horizon, from nearly 70 countries around the world. By providing a platform to encourage debates and exchanges of experience, the World Water Council aims to reach a common strategic vision on water resources and water services management amongst all stakeholders in the water community.

In the process, the Council also catalyzes initiatives and activities, whose results converge towards its flagship product, the World Water Forum. The World Water Forum contributes to the dialogue of the decision-making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource. Given its political, technical and institutional scope, one of the Forum’s main features is the open, democratic participation of actors drawn from different sectors, making it an event of the greatest importance on the international agenda.

The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the World Water Forum, in different countries, on four different continents. In 2014, Brazil’s candidature to host the event was successful and Brasilia was selected as the host-city for the event. Accordingly, in 2018, Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the World Water Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.

01 March, 2018 to 10 May, 2018

Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace - Massive Open Online Course

Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st century geopolitics.  These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner.  Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies.  It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.

This 8-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment. 


This course is for: 

  • Peace and security specialists that want to understand more about natural resources.
  • Natural resource experts that want to design more conflict-sensitive programs.
  • Sustainable development practitioners as well as private sector actors that need to understand how natural resources can be developed in fragile contexts with weak governance.
  • Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of this growing field.


Enrollment opens on 6 November at:

The 10-week course begins on 1 March 2018 and ends on 10 May 2018.


Course enrollment page:   

MOOC page:

UNEP news release:

14 February, 2018 to 23 February, 2018
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

ECC Exhibition in the Dominican Republic

The ECC Exhibition in the Member Coutries of SICA is organised by the Central American Commision of Environment and Development (CCAD - Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo) and adelphi as part of the Climate Diplomacy intiative with support by the German Federal Foreign Office.


16 February 2018 - Special Event during the Council of Ministers of the CCAD on the occasion of the beginning SICA presidency pro tempore of the Dominican Republic 

19-23 February 2018 - ECC Exhibition hosted by the Ministry of Environment of the Dominican Republic

20 February 2018 - High-Level Closing Event, guest speaker: Inocencio García Javier, Viceminister of International Cooperation of the Dominican Republic (tbd)


The “Environment, Conflict and Cooperation” (ECC) exhibition visualizes the dramatic and growing impact of global environmental change. It demonstrates how climate change can threaten the security of the American continent, and showcases how climate, environment and sustainable development cooperation can contribute to stability and peace. Dealing with themes such as water, natural resources and climate change, the exhibition shows how environmental degradation and resource scarcity can spark conflict and create new security risks. It also highlights the role that environmental cooperation and sustainable development can play in promoting peace and stability. The exhibition has been shown in more than 40 cities worldwide since 2005.

07 February, 2018 to 13 February, 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9th World Urban Forum

From 7-13 February 2018, the 9th Session of the World Urban Forum takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. adelphi’s experts will convene different workshops and provide their inputs on how to implement the New Urban Agenda.

Convened by UN Habitat, the conference named ‘Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda’ aims at implementing the New Urban Agenda (NUA) that was adopted at last year’s conference. WUF9 will also be the occasion for experts from governments, NGOs and research institutes to provide and share their expertise.


Panel discussions from and with adelphi’s urban experts:

At different events, adelphi’s experts in the areas of urban development, climate change, resilience, and conflict will provide relevant input on the New Urban Agenda and its policy implications:


Enhancing the National Urban Development Policy - Implementing global agreements at the national and local level

Event in the German Pavilion, 7 February 2-3 pm

In cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) Franziska Schreiber, Project Manager for Urban Governance at adelphi, will provide the latest insights into the interconnection between global urban development policy and the national and local level.


Increasing the peace in cities under drivers of global change

Event in the German Pavilion on Wednesday BMUB, 10 February 2-3 pm

Peace and social security are important components of urban resilience and development. The often poorly understood connection between climate change, adaptation and peaceful and sustainable cities will be addressed by various experts in an event moderated by Alexander Carius, managing director of adelphi.  The event brings together experts from research, development agencies and community development organizations to identify knowledge gaps regarding potential connections between climate change impacts and adaptation with urban violence, as well as entry points for future action to promote peaceful and sustainable cities under a changing climate.


Digitally linked and locally connected? The potential of neighbourhood platforms for social cohesion and participation

Event in the German Pavilion on Wednesday BMUB, 10 February 4-5 pm

Digitalisation offers new possibilities for communication and networking in the context of urban governance. Presenting the results of the Connected Neighbours project, Franziska Schreiber, Project Manager for Urban Governance at adelphi, will address the relevant nexus between social cohesion, urban politics and social media.


adelphi is organising the German Pavilion

In addition, adelphi is charged with organising and coordinating the activities at the German Pavilion.

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07 February, 2018 to 09 February, 2018
Graz, Austria

2nd World Symposium on Climate Change Communication

The “2nd World Symposium on Climate Change Communication” will focus on “addressing the challenges in communicating climate change across various audiences”, hence providing a platform for reflections on climate change communication research and practice. The Symposium will also offer a concrete contribution towards a better understanding and in catalysing further action to better communicate climate change. Furthermore, the event will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change communication among various settings and audiences, which may be useful and which could be adapted and replicated elsewhere.

The complexity of climate change means that appropriate approaches, methods and tools to communicate the problem and its various ramifications are urgently needed. Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) clearly addresses the importance of climate change communication to the general public and reiterates the need to engaging the various stakeholders in debating this issue. It also highlights the responsibility of the UNFCCC signatories countries to develop and implement educational and public awareness programmes on climate change and its effects, to ensure public access to information, and to promote public participation in addressing communication issues.

A serious problem observed today is the fact that because the phenomena of climate change is global in nature, many people do not believe it is related to them. Yet, most impacts of climate change are local in nature. The sooner people (especially decision-makers but also representatives from industry, the housing and agriculture sectors, as well as ordinary citizens) realise that climate change is a matter that affects them and—as such—needs to be taken seriously, the more rapidly the required mitigation and adaptation measures may be implemented. In this context, communication on climate change can play a key role.

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05 February, 2018 to 07 February, 2018
Tours, France

Climate Change & Water 2018

Global warming strongly affects the functioning of natural, anthropogenic and urban systems. The thematic research network of laboratories MiDi (Environments and Diversity [Milieux & Diversité]) proposes this conference on the modifications occurring in the water cycle due to global changes in different environments. This conference is co-organized with the French cluster DREAM (Water and Environments [Eau & Milieux]).

The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) is an association of 23 European research institutions from 10 countries. Its overall objective is to strengthen, expand and optimize EU climate research capabilities to advance the understanding of climate variability, predictability and change. ECRA embodies four dedicated collaborative programs to shape emerging research topics in a bottom-up approach, to provide a knowledge base for future mitigation and adaptation measures.

The Climate Change and WATER conference welcomes ECRA as a partner of the event. ECRA’s Collaborative Programs “High Impact Events” and “Changes in the Hydrological Cycle” will co-organize a side event, comprised of keynote presentations and a panel discussion on “Societal challenges related to climate change impacts on the hydrological cycle - risk analysis, vulnerability and adaptation”. This ECRA side event aims to bring together different target audiences including researchers, policymakers and data users providing input to the current discussion about designing ‘climate services’. It will address the following questions: i) How can we inform users about the quality and uncertainties of projections? ii) How can we incorporate the human dimension more explicitly? iii) How can/should the model results be effectively applied and interpreted for an improved management of water resources, adaptation/mitigation or sustainable water security?

18 December, 2017
Washington, DC or Remote

Conflict and Natural Resource Management

This panel event will provide an overview of the environmental peacebuilding field and highlight, frame and analyze the efforts of three conservation organizations whose efforts in this area underscore the benefits of this approach to achieving rights-based conservation outcomes.

We all rely on the earth’s resources for life, livelihoods, and prosperity. A key element of peaceful, sustainable societies is good governance of natural resources for the benefit of both people and nature. Yet the world is facing increasing threats to its resources and biodiversity in a way that threatens to undermine human and environmental security in the long term. In certain volatile contexts around the world, particularly those characterized by environmental degradation, scarcity, and unequal distribution of resource benefits, the relationship between conflict and the environment is clearly manifest. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, more than 40% of internal conflicts over the last 60 years are linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

From a conservation perspective, natural resource management—much like development—entails the implementation of interventions that aim to change a context for the better. However, with the many complex factors and dynamics that may be linked to these interventions—such as how the decisions are made, who they include and how they impact communities—there is invariably a potential for unintended negative impacts. Conservation can inadvertently lead to conflict in many politically sensitive contexts around the world. However, collaboration around natural resource management and a need to address shared environmental threats can also serve as a catalyst for peace.

The World Resources Institute, Conservation International and other environmental organizations have adopted distinct approaches to environmental peacebuilding in response to local-level dynamics. Through a discussion of these efforts, the links between peace, conflict and the environment are directly manifest, offering support for organizational efforts to integrate conflict-sensitive and peacebuilding perspectives across conservation activities in all contexts.

The format for this 90-minute session is a moderated panel followed by Q&A.



Carl Bruch, Director, Environmental Law Institute

Leslie Dwyer, Director of the Center for Gender and Conflict Studies, George Mason University

Janet Edmond, Senior Director, Conservation International

Charles Iceland, Director, World Resources Institute

12 December, 2017
Paris, France > La Seine Musicale, Île Seguin – Boulogne-Billancourt

One Planet Summit

On 12 December 2017, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, will address the ecological emergency for our planet by calling together in Paris international leaders and committed citizens from around the world.

For two years to the day after the historic Paris Agreement, it is time for concrete action.

Do you know what the overview effect is? During spaceflight, astronauts have a unique vision of the Earth: a tiny sphere in the middle of the universe. A unique and fragile ecosystem in which each and every one of us lives and breathes.

Our challenge today is to fulfil our common destiny. Are we able to unite to take tangible action together? This should only be a rhetorical question since we do not have a plan B as there is no planet B.

On 12 December 2017, two years to the day after the historic Paris Agreement was concluded, we will provide new tangible responses to this question.
A main focus of this event will be to determine how those working in public and private finance can innovate to support and accelerate our common efforts to fight climate change.

12 December, 2017 to 13 December, 2017
The Hague

Planetary Security Conference 2017

Climate-related risks are increasingly recognised as a key factor – and at times a key driver – of human insecurity and even conflict. Understanding the linkages between climate and security is essential for decision-makers and practitioners to develop and implement risk-reducing, conflict preventive and sustainable policies and approaches to climate-related risks. The Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) is the institutional home of these efforts.

adelphi is part of a consortium of leading think tanks operating the PSI, which was launched by The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Annual conferences form the core of the PSI, providing a regular opportunity for researchers and practitioners on climate change and security to meet, exchange information and increase cooperation. Interactive workshops enable dialogue on the climate-security linkages in specific issues and regions to identify entry points and actionable areas for policy and response.

Now in its third year, the conference of 2017 will see discussions focus on practical approaches, solutions and best practice. It will zoom in on three regions where the climate-security relationship is particularly pressing: the Lake Chad region, Iraq and Mali. The 2017 conference will moreover discuss how climate change affects the security opportunities and challenges of migration, as well as urbanisation and its security dynamics. adelphi is designing and organising workshops at the annual conference, preparing background reports and facilitating the community of practice that the PSI brings together at both the annual conference and beyond at other important international events and regional consultations.

Over the past ten years, both the understanding and awareness of the relationship between climate change and security have increased tremendously, with the UN Security Council, the African Union and the G7 discussing the resulting risks, among others. The PSI aims to further enhance political awareness and involvement on the climate-security interface, to consolidate an inclusive community of practice that is multi-lateral, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary and to create a regular platform for international cooperation on planetary security. By developing and promoting policies and good practice the PSI supports governments, the private sector and implementing agencies to better secure peace and cooperation in regions adversely affected by climate change. 

Watch Alexander Verbeek, Founder of the Institute for Planetary Security, who shares his vision for the community of practice:

Visit this website for regular PSI news and follow @ClimateDiplo on Twitter.

06 November, 2017 to 17 November, 2017
Bonn, Germany


At the UN Climate Change Conference this year (COP23, from 6 to 17 November) nations of the world will meet to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement and achieve progress on its implementation guidelines.

The conference, officially referred as COP 23/ CMP 13/ CMA 1-2, will take place in Bonn, Germany, hosted by the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and presided over by Fiji. The UNFCCC secretariat and the Government of Fiji are closely working with the Government of Germany, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Bonn to ensure a dynamic and successful Conference.

On 27 July 2017, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa briefed embassies in Berlin about COP23 underlining the importance of cooperation in the preparations for the conference. “Cooperation makes COP23 possible. It also raises awareness of the vulnerability of islands and all nations. And it opens the door to even more collaboration and support – for resilient communities and for the transition to growth powered by clean energy”, she said at the event. The presentation and remarks are available here.

One Conference, Two Zones

The COP23 is being organized following an innovative concept of “one conference, two zones”. During the two weeks of the conference, a vast area of the city of Bonn will become the Climate Campus that will be organized in two zones: the “Bula Zone” and the “Bonn Zone”. This approach focuses on a close integration of the zones to ensure that negotiations, events and exhibits are integrated into one conference.

The Bula Zone, where talks between governments will take place, will be composed of the World Conference Center Bonn, UN Campus and an extended area behind the Deutsche Welle building in Bonn. The word Bula originates from the Fijian culture and means hello as well as a blessing of health and happiness.

The Bula Zone will be open from Monday, 6 November until Friday, 17 November 2017, except Sunday, 12 November. Opening hours will be from 8 am to 11 pm. Offices for delegations will be accessible 24 hours, with reduced services on Sunday, 12 November, as well as during night times.

The Bonn Zone, which will be located in Bonn’s Rheinaue Park area, will accommodate events showcasing climate action, including high-level events, side events and exhibits organized by both UNFCCC and the Government of Germany. It will also include some media activities as well as events in the delegation pavilions.

The Bonn Zone will be open from Monday, 6 November until Friday, 17 November 2017, including Sunday, 12 November, from 8 am to 10 pm.

Whether you will be in Bonn in November or following the conference virtually, the COP23 Conference Information Hub gives you a quick access point to find out how to participate or follow the negotiations and how to navigate through the many pieces of information and news that are available.

[Source: UNFCCC Newsroom]

12 September, 2017 to 14 September, 2017
Manchester, UK

World Symposium on Climate Change Policies and Governance

Climate policies and climate governance both at a national and international level have been formalized thanks partly due to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and due to peer pressure posed by the countries keen to implement climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Indeed, climate policies are seen as the basic elements of any action on climate change at the national level, since they are the tools via which global conventions and agreements -such as the Paris Agreement- may be implemented. Governance systems are, in turn needed, since they translate shared concerns about the global environment at the national level, and offer a sound basis upon which collaborative efforts to respond to the emerging challenges of global environmental change and can be implemented. Indeed, governance systems great facilitate the measurement, reporting and verification procedures, which have been central to much of the debates at the COPs.

Bearing in mind that there is a significant gap between the emissions reduction pledges made at the 2015 Paris Summit, and what is required to ensure that global warming does not exceed the global 2 degrees centigrade target, sound climate policies and solid climate governance are essential in order to overcome the difficulties of  implementing the current binding agreements. 

Operationally, climate change policy as a whole and climate governance in particular, act as enablers to the actual implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, a process which entails a wide range of issues such legal frameworks, financing, monitoring and technology transfer.  Combined, they help to facilitate the implementation  of an international climate regime. Together, they prevent a more fragmented approach to global climate action, integrate the works of the various institutions concerned with various aspects of climate policy, and help to develop the institutional means via which the spirit and principles of climate negotiations may be put into practice.

The key importance of climate policy and climate governance illustrates the need for a better understanding of how both may be duly implemented, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the countries and regions to take fully advantage of the many opportunities climate change policies and governance offer to them.

There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how climate policy and climate governance has assisted countries to handle the social, economic and political challenges posed by climate change.

It is against this background that the “World Symposium on Climate Change Policies and Governance” is being organized by Manchester Metropolitan University, the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements and members of governmental agencies, involved in the preparation and/or implementation of climate change policies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change policy and governance, round the world.

The “World Symposium on Climate Change Policies and Governance” will focus on “ensuring progress in mitigation and adaptation performance”, meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from policy-making, research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change adaptation policy and governance, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere.

Source: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

26 August, 2017 to 01 September, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden

2017 World Water Week

[Find SIWI's press release here: World Water Week closes: Values of water must be better understood]

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme “water and waste – reduce and reuse”. In 2016, over 3,200 individuals and around 330 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. We believe water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world. [Source: World Water Week website]

adelphi is organising a side event on "Water Resources (In-)Security and Conflict – Exploring Inter-Linkages". More info here.


05 July, 2017 to 07 July, 2017
Apia, Samoa

Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies in Coastal Communities

Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working in the field of climate change adaptation in coastal areas and communities, the aims of the "Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies in Coastal Communities" are:

  • i. to discuss the influences of, the damages and the threats posed by climate change to estuaries and coastal communities; 
  • ii. to introduce approaches, methods, initiatives and projects  which demonstrate how coastal communities can successfully meet the challenges climate change poses to them. Here, an emphasis will be on the latest research, but also on infra-structure projects, demonstrations on the use of technologies  and natural and artificial means to reduce the impacts of extreme events and sea level rise to coastal communities;
  • iii. to introduce funding schemes and mechanisms which can finance climate change adaptation in coastal areas and
  • iv. to network the participants, disseminate examples of best practice and foster collaboration in this very important field.

Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today. To this purpose, the book “Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Costal Communities" will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be a further volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management”  published by Springer,  which since its creation in 2008 has become the  world´s leading book series on climate change management. The decision of the editors as to which papers may be selected and undergo peer review for the book is final.

Source and further information: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

05 June, 2017 to 09 June, 2017
Glasgow, Scotland

3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference


The theme of ECCA 2017 is Our Climate Ready Future. Our vision is that this conference will inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We will bring together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers. Set in the cultural city of Glasgow, at the heart of a city-region that is putting climate adaptation and climate justice at the core of decision-making, ECCA 2017 offers a unique opportunity to visit many innovative local adaptation projects and share experience of how climate adaptation can work in practice.

30 May, 2017
Washington D.C., United States

A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia

Struggling with famine, drought, and violence, Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Desperation is still driving people to crowded cities, refugee camps, or to the ranks of militant groups, even as a newly-elected government looks for a better way forward. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting a more personal story of Somalia, one told through the people living with a changing climate and the human consequences. The multi-media event is co-hosted by New America, The GroundTruth Project, and the Stanley Foundation.

Venue: New America, 740 15th St NW #900, Washington, D.C. 20005

Time: May 30, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Nichole Sobecki, Photographer and Filmmaker, the GroundTruth Project 
  • Laura Heaton, Reporter, the GroundTruth Project 

Moderated by:

  • Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program, New America 


  • Lunch and Registration
  • Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators.
  • Panel Discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.

26 May, 2017 to 27 May, 2017
Toarmina, Italy

2017 G7 Summit

The 2017 G7 summit will be held in the town of Toarmina in Sicily, Italy, on 26 and 27 May. The G7 is on the forefront of putting climate-fragility risks on the global agenda. In 2015, the G7, under the German Presidency, commissioned the independent report “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks” that identifies compound climate-fragility risks which pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead.

It is yet to be decided which topics will be on the agenda in 2017 but migration and forced displacement are certainly a focus.

22 May, 2017 to 25 May, 2017
Barcelona, Spain


How do we shift and scale up the financing needed to turn the ambitions of the Paris Agreement into reality?

Nearly all countries are committed to implementing their national climate strategies or NDCs as a part of the Paris Agreement on climate change. According to the World Bank Group, the investment needs embedded in these plans amount to US$23 trillion in emerging markets alone, representing a significant opportunity to grow the global economy.

Unlocking the Trillions in private and public investment that is needed to achieve this low-carbon, climate-resilient transformation requires a global effort on the part of government, multilateral, business, banking and finance leaders. At Innovate4Climate, you can connect with the right experts, technology providers, institutions and corporations to be a part of the next economic revolution.

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22 May, 2017 to 26 May, 2017
Cancún, Mexico

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The world's foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations, the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction was first held in 2007. It takes place every two years, with the 2015 edition rolled into the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Its fifth session will be held in May 2017 in Mexico.

The Global Platform will mark the first opportunity for the international community to review global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted in Japan in 2015. More than 5,000 participants are expected, including policy makers and disaster risk managers.

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12 May, 2017 to 13 May, 2017
Bonn, Germany

2017 Interconnections Conference

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda (including 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Financing for Development Process) and the Paris Climate Agreement offers a unique opportunity to move towards more integrated and balanced development. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing climate change whose impacts have the potential to halt or even reverse development achievements. Conversely, actions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation should also deliver on core issues of sustainable development, including poverty alleviation, food security, gender equality and human rights.

The strategic engagement of state and non-state actors and cooperative initiatives can create synergies between multiple political processes that address climate change and sustainable development, for instance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the High Level Political Forum, UNFCCC, the New Urban Agenda, G20, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). However, such engagements need to involve stakeholders across developed and developing countries to deliver equitable results. Integrated and inclusive implementation is especially crucial for sustainable development in developing countries as they are particularly vulnerable. Against this background, the Interconnections conference (12-13 May 2017, Bonn) will convene leading scholars, leading experts, and policy makers from relevant fields to exchange ideas and to build bridges between sustainable development and climate change.

The Interconnections Conference will address the following questions:

  • Which linkages at the international level between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement can foster non-state and subnational synergies and accelerate the transition towards a sustainable and climate smart future?
  • How to increase and mobilize national and local capacity, including institutional, planning, financing and statistical capacities, for non-state and subnational action that delivers on both agendas?
  • How can the role of non-state and subnational actors in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement be strengthened at the national level?

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08 May, 2017 to 18 May, 2017
Bonn, Germany

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UNFCCC will convene during the first sessional period of 2017.  

04 May, 2017 to 06 May, 2017
Bonn, Germany

Resilient Cities 2017

Convened by ICLEI and hosted by the City of Bonn, Resilient Cities is the global meeting point for exchange of best practices in urban resilience and adaptation to climate change.


05 April, 2017 to 07 April, 2017
Valencia, Spain

Climateurope Festival 2017

The Climateurope Festival 2017 offers a varied 2½ day programme of lectures, discussions, networking and performances to explore the state-of-the-art of climate information, and its uses and value in decision-making at both the European and national levels.

A key Festival objective this year is to discuss the advantages and challenges that climate services face with the water sector, natural reserve, and agriculture and food security. Transforming climate information through services for societal and commercial success is of top importance.

Scientists, climate services suppliers and users communities will come together to share their experience and knowledge.

As a result the festival creates new, and engages existing, networks that support climate services at the European and national levels.


16 March, 2017 to 19 March, 2017
Newcastle, United Kingdom

Film Festival: "Gimme Shelter - Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis"

This 4-day event will explore ‪these issues through a series of films, events and art works and consider these important questions: Who will be affected and when? What are the experiences of people forced to move? Who, ultimately, is responsible and what should be done? 

Find more information and the programme here.

01 March, 2017 to 03 March, 2017
Chicago, U.S.

2017 Climate Leadership Conference

The annual Climate Leadership Conference convenes a global audience of climate, energy, and sustainability professionals to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Now in its sixth year, the 2017 event will host the nation's climate leaders and decision-makers to further accelerate our low-carbon economy. Join us in Chicago, March 1 – 3, to collaborate with your peers, learn from the experts, and together, navigate the latest climate and energy solutions.


24 February, 2017 to 25 February, 2017
New Haven, United States > New Haven, United States

NDEL 2017 Conference: Environment, National Security & Human Rights

The New Directions in Environmental Law 2017 Conference: Environment, National Security & Human Rights seeks to explore the intersections of environment, state security, and human lives and livelihoods. This conference will discuss practical policy recommendations and legal frameworks to address the impacts of a changing climate on:

  • Global defense and security
  • Human rights and environmental justice
  • Financial risk and international markets
  • Climate refugees, and more!

The Conference is organised by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. For more info and the conference programme, click here.

17 February, 2017 to 19 February, 2017
Munich, Germany

Munich Security Conference

From February 17 to 19, 2017, the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will bring together hundreds of decision-makers in the realm of international security at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. Under the chairmanship of Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, more than 500 participants will debate critical security challenges, including the troubling state of the international order and the rise of illiberalism around the world.

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01 February, 2017 to 03 February, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa and the G20: Building alliances for sustainable development

This event description originally appeared in DIE's event calendar.

Africa has shown strong commitment towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With the Agenda 2063 the AU has defined a vision and action plan to support long-term sustainable development on the continent. At the G20 Hangzhou Summit in September 2016, G20-leaders  agreed to enhance policy coherence on sustainable development and reaffirmed their commitment to align their work with the 2030 Agenda. Building on the achievements of the Chinese presidency, the German G20 presidency is expected to highlight G20 cooperation with Africa.

Against this background, the T20 Africa Conference will bring together opinion leaders from think tanks and universities in Africa and the G20 countries as well as high-level policy-makers from Germany, South Africa, international and African regional organisations. The key objective of the conference is to discuss options about what future cooperation between the G20 and Africa could and should look like. Participants will draw lessons from previous global initiatives to support sustainable development in Africa (e.g. as part of G7/G8 partnerships or BRICS countries’ cooperation with Africa) and analyse advantages and challenges to building alliances between African actors and the G20. In addition, conference participants will analyse a select range of topics to explore how Africa and the G20 could cooperate, including: infrastructure investment and industrialisation; e-commerce and the digital economy; extractives, taxes and illicit financial flows; agriculture, food security and climate; trade and investment; and the enabling social and political environment. The conference will thereby address priorities of the German G20 Presidency and explore potential follow-up by future G20 presidencies in order to support a more long-term and sustainable cooperation between Africa and the G20.

The Johannesburg T20 Africa Conference on Africa’s and G20’s potential to further the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is part of the official T20 programme during the German G20 presidency.

17 January, 2017 to 20 January, 2017
Davos, Switzerland

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

“What are the most significant long-term risks worldwide?” When asked this question, the world’s top executives in 2015 rated environmental risks, first and foremost water crises, higher than all other risks - including infectious diseases, interstate conflict or energy price shocks. The World Economic Forum’s report thus gave new impetus to include environmental issues in the annual WEF meetings in Davos, where business leaders, economists, journalists and practitioners meet to discuss global questions related to economic development. This year’s WEF takes place from 17 to 20 January and is an opportunity to address environment, conflict and cooperation.

The World Economic Forum is a foundation based in Cologny, Geneva (Switzerland). More information can be found on the World Economic Forum's website.


08 December, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

4th Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy Ecosystems Nexus

This meeting will discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of activities on the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). More specifically, it will: review the status of ongoing basin assessments; discuss possible follow-up actions to assessments already undertaken; and reflect on knowledge gaps and strategic directions for future nexus work under the Water Convention. The Task Force meeting will be held back to back with the Global Workshop on Assessments of the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus and Response Measures in Transboundary Basins taking place from 6-7 December 2016. The meeting is convening under the leadership of the Government of Finland, with the support from the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.  


05 December, 2016 to 06 December, 2016
Peace Palace > The Hague, The Netherlands

Planetary Security Conference 2016

How can climate-induced risks become an integral part of foreign and security policy? The Planetary Security Conference, organised by adelphi and other leading think tanks, is meant to deliver answers to this question and will take place from 5-6 December in The Hague.  

Our world faces increasingly complex threats and risks – and climate change is considered one of the key driving forces. A growing number of experts have shown the general nature of climate related risks and tracked their impact on politics, peace and conflict. Nonetheless there has been limited momentum to formulate policies and approaches to address these risks effectively. This is partly because the indirect risks are still underestimated and poorly understood in mainstream foreign and defence policy circles.

The PSI, launched by The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to help remedy this problem, by (1) enhancing political awareness of climate-induced risks, (2) involving decision-makers at the climate-security interface, (3) building an inclusive community that is multi-lateral, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, and (4) creating a regular platform for global cooperation on planetary security. Through bringing together representatives of all levels of governance, academia, civil society, the private sector and the media, the project facilitates the development of effective strategies in order to respond in a coordinated and timely manner to current and future security threats that are caused by environmental changes.

Hence, the topics covered at the conference are broad and range from climate and food security, to adaptation and peacebuilding, to the role of defence and intelligence communities for managing climate risks.

adelphi is part of a consortium of leading think tanks that organise the PSI. This year, adelphi is moderating different workshops, preparing background reports for the initiative and facilitating the community of practice that the PSI brings together at both the annual conference as well as beyond at other important international events and regional consultations.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Ms. Amina J. Mohammed,  Honorable Minister of Environment of Nigeria
  • Mr. Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director & Assistant-Secretary-General of the UN
  • TBC: Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, Economist & Director of the Earth Institute
  • TBC: Mr. John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States of America
  • Ms. Monika Sie Dhian Ho, General Director, the Clingendael Institute
  • Ms. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

More information on the Planetary Security Initiative can be found here.

19 November, 2016 to 19 January, 2017

Film Screening: The Age of Consequences

The Age of Consequences - Teaser
The Age of Consequences - Teaser. Photo: PF Pictures.


Climate Change is a stimulus for social, political and economic conflicts around the world. The award-winning film "The Age of Consequences", tours around the world and will be screened this December and in 2017 in the Netherlands, Sweden and several US states. It is an illuminating call to action, highlighting the manifold security threats posed by climate change from a US military perspective.

Watch the teaser and find the screening dates here.


17 November, 2016 to 18 November, 2016
Vietnam, Hanoi

Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

On 17 and 18 November The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam will host the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, an international conference that will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect wild species from the threat of extinction.

07 November, 2016 to 18 November, 2016
Marrakech, Morocco

Climate Diplomacy Events at COP 22

From 7-18 November 2016, adelphi’s experts on climate diplomacy, climate resilience, local climate action, and more, were in Marrakech for the COP22 discussions and key side-events. In cooperation with the EU, the German Federal Foreign Office, NEPAD and other partners, adelphi convened and was involved in several side-events on climate diplomacy:

  1. Scaling up best practices; creating a conducive policy environment for resilient communities – official UNFCCC Side Event on 7 November, 16:45-18:15h (Room Austral 300)
  2. Towards Implementation: EU and India climate activities one year after Paris – Side Event on 10 November, 18:30-20:00h (Blue Zone, EU Pavilion)
  3. Climate Security and Climate Resilience – What role for Diplomacy? – Side Event on 14 November, 10:30-12:00h (Blue Zone, EU Pavilion)
  4. Managing land and water and addressing climate-fragility risks for resilient development and food security – Side event on 15 November, 16:00-17:30h (Blue Zone, Africa Pavilion - Room 2)
  5. From Climate Finance Readiness to formulation of bankable projects: supporting the MENA Region through an online Help Desk Platform - Side Event on 15 November, 19:00-20:30h (Green Zone, Room 6 - Moulouya). The event was organized by GIZ.


1. Scaling up best practices; creating a conducive policy environment for resilient communities

– Official UNFCCC Side Event on 7 November, 16:45-18:15h

Organized by World Vision International (WVI), adelphi, Cornell University, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), the side event featured good practices from around the world that are strengthening livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change and increasing community and agro-ecological resilience. What are lessons learned from participatory approaches? How do policies need to change?

The speakers were representatives from: World Vision International, Cornell University, Watershed Organisation Trust, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Climate Caretakers, UNDP, CIRAD.

The event was moderated by adelphi.


2. Towards Implementation: EU and India climate activities one year after Paris

– Side Event in the EU Pavilion on 10 November, 18:30-20:00h

Alongside other programmes, the EU-India Climate Change Dialogue and Partnership aims to facilitate and foster cooperation in addressing the climate-change-related challenges that India faces with participation of  EU member states and businesses.

adelphi and DG CLIMA co-organised a side event focusing on how to bring in experiences on technology and policy innovation in India and the EU to support the implementation of the NDCs. Linking NDC implementation to the key technology needs of both partners, as well as with the relevant policy frameworks to enable the diffusion of innovations is considered a key pillar of successfully implementing the Paris Agreement.

Based on input statements by experts on innovative approaches in the EU-India context in different climate sectors, discussions with decision makers helped to shape a proactive agenda for the next years.

The speakers were:

  • Ms. Elina Bardram, Head of EU Delegation
  • Mr. Sanjay Seth, Senior Director of the Sustainable Habitat Division, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • B. Kalyan Chakravarthy, IAS Director General, Environmental Protection Training and Research Institute (ERTRI)
  • Representatives from the Indian Government (tbc)
  • Representatives from the German Federal Foreign Office (tbc)

The event was moderated by adelphi-expert, Mr. Dennis Tänzler.


3. Climate Security and Climate Resilience – What role for Diplomacy? [Event summary here]

– Side Event in the EU Pavilion on 14 November, 10:30-12:00h

How can we deal with the impact of climate change on peace and stability? What are key climate-fragility risks and how may integrated policy responses be designed? Initiatives such as the G7 Working Group on Climate and Fragility or the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) have been starting to focus on this nexus. In addition, there are numerous initiatives at the regional level that are aiming at building resilience under challenging environmental, political and social conditions. This also includes the strategic level - the EU level, for example, acknowledges the role of climate security and resilience in the EU Global Strategy.

This side event brought together a selected group of policy-makers and experts to discuss relevant programmes and policies to strengthen resilience related to climate change and security. The panelists also reported on the state of play of their initiatives and on how adaptation, humanitarian aid and peacebuilding could be linked in order to integrate approaches to resilience building.

The speakers were:

  • Mr. Peter Fischer, Deputy Director General for Globalisation, Energy and Climate Policy, German Federal Foreign Office
  • Mr. Mamadou Diakhité, Team Leader Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) Program, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
  • Ms. Alexander Verbeek, Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the NetherlandsStrategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

The panel discussion was moderated by adelphi-expert Mr. Dennis Tänzler.


4. Managing land and water and addressing climate-fragility risks for resilient development and food security

– Side event in the Africa Pavilion on 15 November, 16:00-17:30h

This side-event is a workshop with a selected group of high-level officials and experts. The participants discussed relevant programmes and policies of African Regional Economic Communitiesin land and water management to identify lessons learned and to develop a deeper understanding of the potential to address and to integrate climate-fragility risks. The aim was to identify possible ways forward along the following guiding questions:

What are the most pressing regional climate-fragility risks to development? How are they addressed and where are gaps? How can  climate risks be integrated into regional land and water management programmes?

To this end, what can be the role of early warning centres of the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs) in building national early warning capacities on potential climate change-related conflicts?

How can financial and economic instruments such as the African Risk Capacity’s agricultural insurance scheme help build local resilience to climate-fragility risks by improving food security and managing disaster risks?

The panelists were:

  • Mr. Peter Fischer, Deputy Director General for Globalisation, Energy and Climate Policy, German Federal Foreign Office
  • Mr. Remy Mukongo, Focal Point on Sustainable Land and Water Management and Forests Issues, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
  • Ms. Ekhosuehi Iyahen, Director a.i. Policy & Technical Services African Risk Capacity (ARC)
  • Mr. Dennis Tänzler, adelphi

The event was moderated by Mr. Mamadou Diakhité (NEPAD).


5. From Climate Finance Readiness to formulation of bankable projects: supporting the MENA Region through an online Help Desk Platform

– Side event in the Green Zone (Room 6 - Moulouya) on 15 November, 19:00-20:30h

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the most water scarce region of the world. The region is home to 6.3 % of the world’s population but has access to less than 1.4 % of the world’s renewable fresh water.

Several factors combined are rapidly increasing the pressure on water resources: population growth, climate change, increasing demand and genuine supply risks. Water scarcity exacerbated by climate change poses a serious threat to the sustainable development of arid countries of this region. MENA countries are preparing adaptation policies and measures to combat climate change. However, implementation of these policies and measures require international support in terms of funding, capacity building and technological transfer.

The GIZ through its Regional Program ACCWaM intends to initiate an online interactive platform to provide reliable and customized information to government and non-government stakeholders (NGOs, academia, private sector) on climate finance opportunities and procedures.

The event is organized in cooperation with the League for Arab States. It was be an opportuninty to exchange knowledge on the follwing key topics: Adaptation issues and solutions in the MENA region; overview of the international climate finance architecture; lessons learnt from MENA countries with respect to international climate finance; presentation of the MENA climate finance help desk plateform: content, registration and available technical assistance.

The speakers included:

  • Representatives of the GIZ: Dr. Hammou Laamrani (Senior Advisor, ACCWaM Program Egypt), Dr. Matthias Bartels (ACCWaM Program Egypt), Dr. Laura Wuertenberger (GIZ, Germany)
  • Dr. Djameleddine Djaballah, Minister Plenipotiary, Director of Environment, Housing, Water & Sustainable Development at the League of Arab States
  • Dr. Mounir Temmam, EnviroConsulting
  • Mr. Dennis Tänzler, adelphi (Director International Climate Policy)
  • Dr. Ayman Shasly, Chair Arab Climate Negotiators Group
  • Dr. Mohamed El Azizi, African Development Bank
  • President of the Arab Water Ministerial Council (tbc)
07 November, 2016 to 18 November, 2016
Marrakech, Morocco


The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.


03 November, 2016 to 05 November, 2016
Liège, Belgium

The Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics

As the human dimensions of climate change are expected to be central dimensions of COP22, the conference will address the case of the increasingly numerous people displaced as a result of environmental disruptions, many of them related to climate change. For this, the conference will gather the research, policy and advocacy communities together one last time before COP22. The conference will also mark the launch of the Hugo Observatory, a new research united dedicated specifically to environmental migration, as well the creation of an international professional association of researchers working on these issues.

Source: The Hugo Conference

17 October, 2016 to 20 October, 2016
Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Habitat III

The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be the third in a series that began in 1976. It brings together diverse urban actors such as governments, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, academic institutions and other interest groups to generate a renewed political commitment to sustainable urban development and a “New Urban Agenda” for the 21st century.

Find more information here.

26 September, 2016
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, USA

The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Backdraft Revisited

2015 was a banner year for international commitments to address climate change. However, as countries take steps to implement National Adaptation Plans and cut emissions, policymakers and practitioners may find themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of climate action. How climate responses are developed and implemented could increase the vulnerability of populations and contribute to political instability. As part of an ongoing effort by ECSP to investigate the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change, including “Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” and A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, join us in a roundtable discussion on current efforts to understand the potential “backdraft” effect of responses to climate change. 


2015 was a banner year for international commitments to address climate change. However, as countries take steps to implement National Adaptation Plans and cut emissions, policymakers and practitioners may find themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of climate action. How climate responses are developed and implemented could increase the vulnerability of populations and contribute to political instability. As part of an ongoing effort by ECSP to investigate the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change, including “Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” and A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, join us in a roundtable discussion on current efforts to understand the potential “backdraft” effect of responses to climate change.  - See more at: was a banner year for international commitments to address climate change. However, as countries take steps to implement National Adaptation Plans and cut emissions, policymakers and practitioners may find themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of climate action. How climate responses are developed and implemented could increase the vulnerability of populations and contribute to political instability. As part of an ongoing effort by ECSP to investigate the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change, including “Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” and A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, join us in a roundtable discussion on current efforts to understand the potential “backdraft” effect of responses to climate change.  - See more at: was a banner year for international commitments to address climate change. However, as countries take steps to implement National Adaptation Plans and cut emissions, policymakers and practitioners may find themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of climate action. How climate responses are developed and implemented could increase the vulnerability of populations and contribute to political instability. As part of an ongoing effort by ECSP to investigate the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change, including “Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” and A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, join us in a roundtable discussion on current efforts to understand the potential “backdraft” effect of responses to climate change.  - See more at:
2015 was a banner year for international commitments to address climate change. However, as countries take steps to implement National Adaptation Plans and cut emissions, policymakers and practitioners may find themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of climate action. How climate responses are developed and implemented could increase the vulnerability of populations and contribute to political instability. As part of an ongoing effort by ECSP to investigate the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change, including “Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” and A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, join us in a roundtable discussion on current efforts to understand the potential “backdraft” effect of responses to climate change.  - See more at:
2015 was a banner year for international commitments to address climate change. However, as countries take steps to implement National Adaptation Plans and cut emissions, policymakers and practitioners may find themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of climate action. How climate responses are developed and implemented could increase the vulnerability of populations and contribute to political instability. As part of an ongoing effort by ECSP to investigate the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change, including “Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” and A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, join us in a roundtable discussion on current efforts to understand the potential “backdraft” effect of responses to climate change.  - See more at:
2015 was a banner year for international commitments to address climate change. However, as countries take steps to implement National Adaptation Plans and cut emissions, policymakers and practitioners may find themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of climate action. How climate responses are developed and implemented could increase the vulnerability of populations and contribute to political instability. As part of an ongoing effort by ECSP to investigate the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change, including “Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” and A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, join us in a roundtable discussion on current efforts to understand the potential “backdraft” effect of responses to climate change.  - See more at:
26 September, 2016 to 28 September, 2016
Congress Center, Nantes, France

Climate Chance: Climate Actors World Summit

The Climate Chance summit aims at bringing together all non-state actors involved in the fight against climate change, involving local authorities, associations, trade unions, scientific organisations and citizens. Taking place just a few weeks before Habitat III and the COP22, the summit aims to develop new common messages from non-state actors to strengthen commitment for climate action.

Find more information here.

19 September, 2016 to 25 September, 2016
New York, USA

Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC is an annual event which is convened by The Climate Group. It brings together influential business and government leaders who are leading the low carbon transition. There will be events, activities and high-profile meetings across NYC, as well as other climate events in support of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

Find more information here.

12 September, 2016 to 18 September, 2016

European Union Climate Diplomacy Week

After EU Climate Diplomacy Days in 2014 and 2015, this year the EU is dedicating a whole week to this issue. Missions from the EU and its Member States around the world will participate in reaching out to communities and organisations, highlighting positive global action on climate change.

28 August, 2016 to 01 September, 2016
Davos, Switzerland

6th International Disaster and Risk Conference 2016

Under the topic "Integrative Risk Management - towards resilient cities" the IDRC Davos 2016 addresses researchers from the various disciplines, experts and practitioners, policy and decision makers, representatives from UN, IGOs, NGOs and the private sector. IDRC Davos 2016 contributes to the post-Sendai process and will cover different risk and disaster areas and cross cutting themes such as resilience, urban risks, mega catastrophes, sustainable development, climate change adaptation, underlying risks, and more.


28 August, 2016 to 02 September, 2016
Stockholm, Sweden

World Water Week 2016

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. This year, the theme is Water and Sustainable Growth. It is also the 20th jubilee of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. In 2015, over 3,000 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. We believe water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world.

15 August, 2016 to 19 August, 2016
Windhoek, Namibia

African Drought Conference

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  


07 July, 2016 to 08 July, 2016
Paris, France

Second Global Conference on Health and Climate: Building Healthier Societies Through Implementation of the Paris Agreement

The conferenced will be organised by the World Health Organization and the Government of France with the objective to showcase how the public health community will support the implementation of the Paris agreement, in order to build healthier and more sustainable societies.

The conference will define a post COP21 action agenda for the implementation of the Paris agreement for healthier and more sustainable societies, to be supported by the creation of a Global Platform on Health and Climate. Moreover, the conference will result in the following specific outputs:

  1. A global strategy for health resilience investments
  2. Guidance on the role of the health sector in climate change mitigation
  3. An economic approach to assess and value the health “co-benefits” of climate change mitigation measures, as well as savings from investments in climate resilient health systems
  4. A co-ordinated plan for international monitoring of progress in health adaptation and mitigation at country level
  5. A global platform to engage with civil society, scientists, and the wider global health community to promote action at the health and climate nexus


06 July, 2016 to 08 July, 2016

Resilient Cities 2016

The 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation is being organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. With over 400 participants from different expert and practitioner communities, it offers insights on current trends and good networking opportunities. More information on this year’s focus topics and registration is available online. Please also watch the video invitation from the Mayor of Bonn, Ashok Sridharan.

28 June, 2016 to 30 June, 2016
Kigali, Rwanda

Africa Carbon Forum 2016

The 8th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) invites project developers and policymakers to exchange on the latest investment, finance and development opportunities relating to climate change. The event will inform attendees about climate finance and market- and policy-based approaches to incentivize development, and provide ample opportunities for networking.

Source: Africa Carbon Forum 2016.

28 June, 2016 to 29 June, 2016
Guildhall, London, United Kingdom

Business & Climate Summit 2016

The Business & Climate Summit provides an annual forum for businesses, investors and policymakers to exchange on and deliver real climate action. The first Business & Climate Summit was held in Paris in May 2015, providing an important momentum for the international business community ahead of COP21. The aim of the 2016 Summit is to decide on a roadmap for a transition to the net zero carbon economy, and to demonstrate its benefits for businesses.

15 June, 2016 to 16 June, 2016
Brussels, Belgium

European Development Days 2016

The European Development Days (EDD) 2016 will convene under the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action and Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Forum will bring together over 5,000 participants from the development community in over 120 main sessions and side events. Sessions will focus on the following topics: people (inequalities, gender, leave no one behind); planet (climate change; circular economy; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); and water-food-energy nexus); prosperity (inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities; science, technology and innovation (STI); and trade, growth and sustainable development); peace (working with fragile states; migration and refugees; inclusive and peaceful societies); and partnership (means of implementation; ensuring accountability; and engaging the private sector). A follow-up event, the EU-Africa Business Forum, will focus on sustainable energy and impact investigating, highlighting the role of the private sector in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


14 June, 2016
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Workshop: Transitioning to low carbon economies in developing and fragile states: Opportunities, risks and building a compelling evidence base

International Alert, together with the Grantham Insitute on Climate Change and the Environment and the King's College London organise this one-day workshop with the following objectives:

  • Identify existing knowledge gaps that inhibit conflict-sensitive planning.             
  • Brainstorm future research avenues in low carbon transitions and their security implications – identifying opportunities and challenges.          
  • Ensure research avenues can align with various sectors’ objectives in supporting INDCs.               
  • Promote discussion around future cross‐sectoral collaborations. Brainstorm potential case studies where research could be conducted.       
26 May, 2016 to 27 May, 2016
Kashikojima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

G7 Summit 2016

The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Summit in Japan will bring together the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US to address global challenges. Under the Presidency of Japan, the 2016 Ise-Shima Summit will discuss measures to address the global economic slowdown, terrorism, the humanitarian crisis and ongoing conflicts. Separate meetings of G7 ministers will also take place through the year at various locations around Japan, including meetings of foreign, finance, agriculture, ICT, energy, education, science and technology, environment, health and transport ministers. The G7 was officially established in 1985 to facilitate economic cooperation among the world's largest industrial nations; summit meetings of the member nations began in 1975. 


24 May, 2016 to 25 May, 2016
Hofburg Conference Venue, Wien, Austria

Dialogue for Climate Action

This Dialogue, which is organized by the World Bank Group, will bring together businesses, governments and civil society to discuss policies that promote climate-friendly actions. The aim of the Dialogue is to determine how best to engage industries and others in order to stimulate climate-efficient industries and improve sector competitiveness, as well as ensure greater alignment and cooperation between the private sector and national goals. The conference will also officially launch the 'Vienna Principles for Dialogue on Climate Action,' which were developed by the World Bank Group and partners to help foster dialogues among the public and private sectors through a common standard/framework to improve the ability of companies to play an active role in designing policies and initiatives that tackle climate change. The World Bank publication 'A Greener Path to Competitiveness' will also be launched during the Dialogue.




23 May, 2016 to 27 May, 2016
UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time (UNEA-2) in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system.




23 May, 2016 to 24 May, 2016
Istanbul, Turkey

World Humanitarian Summit

The first World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. It is an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and managed by UN OCHA.

The goals of the Summit are to re-inspire and reinvigorate global commitment to the universality of humanitarian principles; to initiate concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be more resilient to shocks; and to share innovations and best practices that can help to save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering.

The five key areas to be addressed by a new humanitarian agenda are dignity, safety, resilience, partnerships and finance.

Source: World Humanitarian Summit

23 May, 2016 to 24 May, 2016
Berlin, Germany

Transformative Global Climate Governance "après Paris"

The agreement adopted at the UN climate change conference in Paris in December 2015 marks a watershed in international climate politics. This conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss emerging transformations in global climate governance after the "Paris Agreement". The two-day event will be structured around the five themes of ‘Transformation’, ‘Global Justice’, ‘Coherence’, ‘Multilevel Capacity’ and ‘Framing’.
The conference was initiated by the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin. It provides space for interdisciplinary exchange between social and cultural sciences, policy analysis, political philosophy, political economy, as well as institutionalist scholars.

16 May, 2016 to 26 May, 2016
World Conference Center Bonn, Germany

Bonn Climate Change Conference

The Bonn Climate Change Conference convenes from 16 to 26 May 2016 at the World Conference Center Bonn, in Bonn, Germany. The meeting comprises the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1).

The SBI is expected to take up several agenda items, including: reporting; matters related to the Kyoto Protocol’s mechanisms; least developed countries; national adaptation plans; third review of the Adaptation Fund; capacity building; response measures; and gender. In relation to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the SBI will consider several issues, including the registry of nationally determined contributions and the scope and modalities for the periodic assessment of the Technology Mechanism.

The SBSTA is expected to consider, inter alia: the Nairobi work programme; agriculture; science and review; response measures; methodological issues under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol; and market and non-market mechanisms. In relation to the Paris Agreement, SBSTA will consider several issues, including the technology framework; matters related to Article 6 (cooperative approaches); and modalities for accounting financial resources provided and mobilize through public interventions.

The APA is expected to consider modalities and further guidance for several articles of the Paris Agreement, including: nationally determined contributions (Article 4); transparency framework for action and support (Article 13); global stocktake (Article 14); and mechanism to facilitate implementation and promote compliance (Article 15). The APA will consider preparations for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and the convening of the first Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Agreement.


28 April, 2016 to 29 April, 2016
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

3rd Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)

The aim of the GCPC 2016 conference will be to discuss actionable research ideas that can help advance the implementation of developing countries’ Paris pledges and to address other key issues in the climate arena. The abstracts should focus on new economic, social and political ideas that could help with future negotiations and/or provide innovative options to remove obstacles for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. While the conference is broadly focused on addressing key issues in the climate domain and advancing climate actions, particular emphasis will be given to topics relevant to the African continent.

The focus issues are the following:

• NDCs Ambition
• Governance and Transparency
• Justice and Equity
• Means of Implementation (Finance, Technology, Capacity)
• Adaptation and Resilience
• Monitoring and Reporting
• Loss and Damage
• Low-carbon Development


Source: Global Climate Policy Conference 2016: Call for Abstracts

01 March, 2016 to 03 March, 2016
World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington D.C., US

Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum 2016

The World Bank Group Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum 2016 will bring together a wide spectrum of actors from governments, aid agencies, civil society, private sector, and research institutions to exchange on ways to advance sustainable development solutions in the context of fragility, conflict and violence. 

During three days Forum discussions will focus on the challenge of realizing the Sustainbale Development Goals in fragile and conflict-affected states. The SDG16 - the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions – will be considered in particular.

21 February, 2016 to 23 February, 2016

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa 2016

The “Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa” will focus on “fostering African resilience and capacity to adapt”, meaning that it serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in African countries, which may be useful or implemented in other countries in the continent.

The Symposium is being organised by Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Addis Ababa University, the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). It will be an interdisciplinary event, mobilising African and non-African scholars undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in the African continent. 

Source: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

12 February, 2016 to 14 February, 2016
Munich, Germany

52nd Munich Security Conference

The 52nd Munich Security Conference will take place from 12 to 14 February 2016. It will bring together heads of state and government, foreign and defense ministers, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society to discuss key security policy issues. Topics this year include the war in Syria, the refugee catastrophe and the crisis of the European security order.

Source: Munich Security Conference

14 December, 2015 to 16 December, 2015
Australian National University > Canberra, Australia

2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance

This is the 6th Conference on earth system governance. Previous conferences have been held in Amsterdam (2009), Berlin (2010), Colorado (2011), Lund (2012), Tokyo (2013) and Norwich (2014). The Conference will bring 250-300 leading researchers, early career scholars and policy experts from around the world to the Australian National University to engage in discussions on critical issues in social science governance research on the environment and sustainable development.

‘Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene’ is the Conference's overarching theme.

Resilience and the Anthropocene are increasingly prominent in contemporary narratives of global environmental change, with important implications for how we think about governance. Can democratic politics at the local, national and global level rise to the challenges that these concepts present? Are the types of governance they appear to promote desirable? What are the consequences of non-democratic politics or polities for resilience, and for transitions and transformations towards more sustainable futures? The Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance will be a lively forum for hundreds of scientists to examine, explore and challenge some of the core ideas underlying earth system governance.

30 November, 2015 to 11 December, 2015
Le Bourget-Paris, France


The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC is taking place from 30 November - 11 December 2015 in Paris, France.

29 October, 2015 to 30 October, 2015
African Union Border Program > Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Colloquium on African Borders

The African Union Border Programme (AUBP), supported by the GIZ and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU), invites contributions to a colloquium on African Borders on 29th and 30th October 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Following the 1st Colloquium on African Border Management in October 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the AUBP supported by the GIZ and in cooperation with the IPSS will hold a second colloquium to scientifically examine:

1) basic principles of the AUBP (conflict prevention through delimitation and demarcation),

2) the coherence of border policies between the continental and the regional level, and

3) in line with the 2015 theme of the African Union on women empowerment, explore the gender dimension of African border management.

26 October, 2015 to 27 October, 2015
Chatham House > London, UK

Climate Change 2015. Building Agreement Towards 2°C, Paris and Beyond

The US and China’s commitments to reduce carbon emissions give cause for optimism, but it is increasingly clear that national mitigation commitments will not together prevent dangerous anthropogenic climate change. The 19th Annual Chatham House Climate Change Conference will assess what steps can be taken to complete a deal and, looking beyond Paris, consider what global mechanisms are required to ensure ambitious long term climate action.

07 October, 2015 to 10 October, 2015
Wageningen, Netherlands

Conference on Conflict, Peace and Natural Resources

Natural resources often lie at the heart of wars and civil strife. Global trends such as population growth, climate change and environmental degradation place a significant, and often unsustainable pressure on the natural resource base, such as minerals, land and water. Good governance of natural resources and environmental protection are seen as key ingredients for peace and post-conflict development. This international academic conference will focus on the role of natural resources in preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict.

25 September, 2015 to 27 September, 2015
UN Headquarters > New York City, US

UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit to 11:00 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis at 9:00 am. 

22 September, 2015 to 22 October, 2015
Online Course

Natural Resources Management in Post-Conflict Countries

Natural resources can play a central role in building sustainable peace in post-conflict societies. The root causes of many conflicts are directly related to or fuelled by valuable natural resources, and the transition to peace in fragile post-conflict societies often requires careful consideration of natural resource management. Using case studies, the course focuses on how resources can be managed to eliminate conflict risks and potential obstacles to peace, and draws attention to how natural resource management can support peacekeeping, broader peacebuilding interventions, confidence-building measures, and overall state building.

10 September, 2015
London School of Economics and Political Science, Old Theatre, Old Building, London, WC2A 2AE > London, UK

Public lecture: Midnight in Paris: Will COP 21 make a difference?

The Grantham Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Environment (LSE), will host a public lecture featuring Professor Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University. Professor Barrett is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication. In this lecture he will examine the economics of the Paris Climate Summit in December.

02 September, 2015 to 04 September, 2015
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Building 4 (New Business School) > Manchester, England, UK

World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption

The “World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation” will focus on “innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation”, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field. The event is a joint initiative by Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the Baltic University Programme in Uppsala (Sweden), in cooperation with the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and the United Nations University initiative “Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development” (RCE). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, covering some of the key areas in the field of climate change adaptation.

29 August, 2015
Stade de l’Amitié sino-gabonaise > Libreville, Gabon

South Takes Action - Climate South Initiative: Challenges and Solutions

The Climate South Initiative will welcome international leaders to take a results-oriented stand on climate change and define the role of the global South in reaching a climate agreement at COP21 in Paris in December 2015.

26 August, 2015 to 28 August, 2015
University of New England > Parramatta NSW, Australia

UNE Peace Studies Conference 2015

The conference invites supporting and opposing papers on defining peacebuilding, with a focus on environmental peace. Yet, the conference also questions whether peacebuilding, or 'peace infrastructure', as a concept, term and plan for implementation, is any different to previous, much-maligned concepts of 'tick-box peacebuilding' that prefers bureaucratic and economic 'solutions' to often social and cultural problems.

24 August, 2015 to 26 August, 2015
Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Avenue 96815 > Honolulu, HI, US

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo

The Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2015) convenes business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security.These joint events collaboratively seek out new solutions for the vanguard communities facing the impact of climate-change. The Asia Pacific Resilience Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) will feature: the seventh annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; the Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Showcase; the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase.

23 August, 2015 to 28 August, 2015
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) > Stockholm, Sweden

World Water Week 2015

World Water Week 2015 will meet under the theme ‘Water for Development,' with experts, practitioners, decision makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries coming together to network, exchange ideas, stimulate innovative thinking and develop solutions to water-related challenges. The Week will include 160 events and eight workshops to discuss issues related to financing, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), integrity, gender, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management. World Water Week in Stockholm is an annual event that focuses on current global water issues, and is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

30 July, 2015 to 31 July, 2015
UN Office in Nairobi > Nairobi, Kenya

2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2)

This conference will take place over two days under the theme “Re-imagining Africa food security through harnessing eco-system-based adaptation (EBA) approaches now and into the future”. The conference is co-organized by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with a range of partners from UN agencies, international research and policy organizations, civil society networks and the private sector.

30 July, 2015
Security and Sustainability Forum

Webinar: Addressing the Food, Water, and Energy Nexus

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and hosts – the National Council on Science and the Environment, the Willdan Group and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University – in a free webinar that explores the challenges and opportunities in meeting food, water and energy goals in developed and developing nations on a changing planet. Panelists include Alan Hecht, EPA, Steve Cohen, the Earth Institute, Robert Engelman, Worldwatch Institute.

28 July, 2015
Woodrow Wilson Center > Washington, DC, USA

Climate Change Adaptation and Population Dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues for Policy Makers

The Latin America and Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to some of the most challenging aspects of climate change – sea-level rise affecting coastal cities, changes in precipitation impacting agriculture, glacial melting threatening water reserves. Population trends – like migration and urbanization – can exacerbate these challenges or, in some cases, serve as methods of adaptation. The conference will bring to Washington top experts and policymakers from Colombia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Peru, to further broaden the dialogue about climate adaptation and population dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean; and to encourage the development of new policy and programmatic tools that help countries of the region meet the financial, organizational, and political challenges that climate change presents.

28 July, 2015
Woodrow Wilson Center > Washington, DC, USA

Human Security and Development in the Arctic

This program will explore how human and economic capital can be developed in Arctic regions and how communities work with various levels of government, particularly when decisions made by sub-federal entities must rely on far-away federal capitals with varying degrees of knowledge of the Far North. This event is co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Polar Initiative, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Canada Institute.

07 July, 2015 to 10 July, 2015
UNESCO > Paris, France

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

The International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” will take place at UNESCO and UPMC (Paris) in July 2015.

This four-day conference will be the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015 (“Paris Climat 2015”). Building on the results of IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the Conference will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues. The Conference will also welcome Side Events organized by different stakeholders.

The conference is organized under the umbrella of ICSU, Future Earth, UNESCO and major French research institutions, with the support of the French Government.

29 June, 2015
UN Headquarters > New York, USA

UNGA High-level Event on Climate Change

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this high-level event, with the aim of giving momentum and adding impetus to efforts to reach a global agreement in 2015 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

28 June, 2015 to 01 July, 2015
Durham University > Durham, UK

Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention

Human migration and the environment are two of the most pressing issues of our times. But what is at stake when these two phenomena are articulated as a singular relation? By asking this and many other questions, this conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for scholars, policymakers, practitioners and artists to chart out the next generation of research on human migration and the environment.

28 June, 2015 to 05 July, 2015
Overseas Development Institute > London, UK

Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response

As conflicts and crises continue to stretch the humanitarian system, there is a growing need for critical thinking and reflection. The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG)'s Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response, taught in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), offers such an opportunity.

22 June, 2015
Woodrow Wilson Center > Washington, DC, USA

A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks (Report Launch)

High-level U.S. launch of the report with Richard Engel (Director Environment and Natural Resources Program, NIC), Alice Hill (Senior Director, National Security Council, White House) and Christian Holmes (Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID). Leaders from the development, diplomatic, and security communities and the report’s co-authors Alexander Carius, Geoffrey D. Dabelko and Roger-Mark De Souza will take part in the event. The high-level interagency panel will explore how climate-fragility challenges are changing the way the United States and its partners work, and will also identify opportunities for joint action to address them.

14 June, 2015 to 19 June, 2015
Oregon State University > Corvallis, OR

Course: Water Conflict Management and Transformation

The complexity of 21st century water demands calls for new strategies that foster long-term stewardship between people, their communities and the environment. This course takes place as part of the Oregon State University’s fourth annual Natural Resources Leadership Academy. It offers an opportunity for water resource professionals and graduate students to learn about current and leading edge ways to work effectively in contentious water situations. It explores conflict tolerance, prevention, management and transformation through collaborative structures as well as models of negotiation and dialogue.

12 June, 2015
Overseas Development Institute > London, UK

Urban futures: making cities work for people

As cities across the world grow rapidly, they are increasingly vulnerable to urban violence, natural disasters, climate change and poverty. This day-long event will bring together key insights on urbanisation and development from the latest research by the Overseas Development Institute.  These insights will shed light on pathways towards ensuring inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities in line with current proposals for an urban Sustainable Development Goal.

08 June, 2015 to 10 June, 2015
The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation > Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Resilient Cities 2015: 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

This forum will bring together experts and practitioners in urban adaptation and resilience. Presentations, panels, workshops and trainings will address: urban risk and vulnerability and disaster risk management; resilience data and indicators; adaptation planning, policy and integrated approaches; communicating resilience and applying ICT solutions, etc.

07 June, 2015 to 08 June, 2015
Schloss Elmau, Germany > Germany

G7 Summit

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations.

26 May, 2015 to 27 May, 2015
Centre for Climate and Safety, Karlstad University (CCS) > Sweden (Karlstad)

Conference on Climate and Safety 2015

This conference is the sixth in a series arranged by the Centre for Climate and Safety at Karlstad University, with climate politics and awareness as specific themes for this edition, i.e. how climate adaptation and disaster risk management can be integrated in broad societal planning. 

It is a venue for all who work with climate-related risks in different ways: as professionals, politicians, or researchers, from local or national authorities, from public or private sector. Presentations of experiences and knowledge from practice and research are mixed with discussion sessions.

26 May, 2015 to 29 May, 2015
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining > Various locations

Environmental and Social Conflict Resolution in the Resources Sector

This three-part course draws on multi-faceted research at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining to provide: an understanding of the costs of conflict in the resource industry; processes and mechanisms by which communities can make their concerns heard and which companies can draw on to work with communities to negotiate and resolve conflict; and the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts in the research sector, and the process of using ecological factors to promote peace.

23 May, 2015
Uniting for Peace (UfP) > London, UK

Uniting for Peace 2015 Summer Conference

UfP’s 2015 Summer Conference will take place under the theme ’Surviving the 21st Century - Global Challenges, Threats and Prospects for Peace’. During this major conference, distinguished speakers will explore three urgent and important issues facing humanity in three individual sessions: (1) war and peacebuilding, (2) islamophobia and interfaith dialogue and (3) climate change crisis and solutions.

20 May, 2015 to 21 May, 2015
Organized by the Global Compact Network France and Enterprises pour l'Environnement, with the support of Caring for Climate and additional partners > Paris, France

Business & Climate Summit

The Business & Climate Summit will serve as a platform to highlight business solutions towards a low-carbon economy and discuss the frameworks and policies needed to deploy low-carbon solutions.

18 May, 2015 to 21 May, 2015
U.S. Institute of Peace > Washington, DC, USA

Land, Property, and Conflict

Organized by the Land, Property and Reparations Division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), The World Bank, and USAID, the event will draw on case studies of peace operations and peacebuilding efforts. Participants will explore the range of entry points (humanitarian, human rights, state building, development, etc.) and options for dispute resolution and structural reform.

12 May, 2015
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, USA > Washington, DC, USA

The Sahel, Beyond the Headlines: Population, Environment, and Security Dynamics

Global Sustainability and Resilience Program Africa Program

The dynamics that are compounding the Sahel region’s security emergencies are complex: Poor governance, rapid population growth, and environmental pressures, like food insecurity, climate change, and poor natural resource management, all contribute to chronic crises and eroding the region’s resilience to shocks and stressors. These interlinked challenges require integrated responses. Speakers from the Sahel region and US-based experts will engage in solutions-oriented policy dialogues that address demographic trends, reproductive health, food security, and peacebuilding. Additional cross-cutting themes throughout the discussion will include gender, youth, and health.

12 May, 2015 to 16 May, 2015
Dakar, Kaolack > Senegal

2015 Global Land Forum

The 2015 Global Land Forum will take place under the theme 'Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action'. The event will bring together practitioners, land users, activists, policy makers and researchers from around the world. Participants will debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance, with the aim of contributing to broader goals of poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including within the context of the post-2015 development framework. The first day of the Forum will be dedicated to 'Africa Day,' with a spotlight on land governance in Senegal and the Africa region. The second and third days will discuss issues from a global perspective. The fourth day includes a field trip, which will be followed by an Assembly on the fifth day. The event will include plenary sessions, workshops and a Marketplace of Ideas. The International Land Coalition (ILC) is organizing the event together with the Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development (CICODEV Africa) in partnership with Cadre de Recherche et d'Action sur le Foncier au Sénégal (CRAFS) and others.

12 May, 2015
Stockholm > Sweden

2015 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Forum will explore the theme of ‘Promoting Sustainable Peace’ through high-level roundtable discussions on socio-economic development, conflict, peace and security. Among other topics, this year's invitation-only event will examine the security and development challenges brought on by climate change and infectious disease posed in fragile countries, as well as how governments, civil society and the private sector can improve the conditions in fragile and conflict-affected states through inclusive peacebuilding, arms control, development financing and the promotion of gender equality. Discussants will consider the roles of local, national and international actors in promoting sustainable peace and will address on-going regional conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan.

11 May, 2015 to 05 June, 2015
Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI); Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR) > Training Course Online

Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CCDR) Online Course

This course is an introduction to the science of climate change, including its effect on natural hazards. It reviews the trends in magnitude and frequency of climatic extremes, and the changes in average climatic conditions. It likewise explores the linkage between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and outlines strategies, methods, and tools for integrated climate risk management.

This program belongs to the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery's (GFDRR) Global Distance Learning Program on Natural Disaster Risk Management (GFDRR-NDRMP), a series of online courses designed to build competency in disaster risk management (DRM) practice globally.

28 April, 2015 to 30 April, 2015
Water Resource Engineering Department of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology > Jamshoro, Pakistan

South Asian Conference on Climate Change: Risks and Actions

This conference will seek to: provide a forum for sharing lessons and strengthening the participation of civil society and the public sector in climate change-related activities; strengthen collaboration among stakeholders on the issue of climate change and its impacts; and create linkages among organizations at various levels working on climate change.

24 April, 2015
Bond Studio > London, UK

Livestock, food security and climate change: where is the connection?

This is an informative-exploratory event at Bond with Compassion in World Farming and the UK Food Group to find out more about the role of livestock in climate change debates in the run-up to COP21.

14 April, 2015
Church House > London, UK

Bottom-up perspectives on violence and conflict: lessons from Colombia, Kenya, South Sudan and Zimbabwe

This event will share and discuss learning derived from an action research process carried out in four countries - Colombia, Kenya, South Sudan and Zimbabwe - to better understand citizens’ perspectives in contexts of fragility and chronic violence.

11 April, 2015 to 20 April, 2015
WPSP Institute at Mills College > Washington, DC, USA

Women, Water, and the World : How Women Can Solve the Earth’s Water Crisis

This event in partnership with the US State Department and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks to develop emerging women leaders from around the world and is committed to training early- to mid-career women to advance their careers in government and public service as they move their nations forward politically, economically, and socially. How women use water, share knowledge, and promote sound management and conservation of water are key issues for our planet’s future and critical issues for women in public service.

09 April, 2015 to 11 April, 2015
Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath > Bath, England, UK

Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum

This international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. 

08 April, 2015 to 19 May, 2015
United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security; University for Peace, Online Course > Online Course

U-Peace Online Course on Climate Change, International Law and Human Security

The course is intended for staff members of the United Nations and its agencies; staff members of other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and government agencies; academics; practitioners; and students, who are working or researching in fields related to climate change and environmental, human rights, international law, development, and migration, amongst others.

01 April, 2015 to 28 April, 2015
United Nations Institute for Training and Research > Web-based

Natural Resource Management in Post-Conflict Countries

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the role natural resources play in conflict environments, illustrating both positive and negative situations where natural resources have an impact on a conflict and – conversely - how the environment is impacted by conflict. 

25 March, 2015
Louisiana State University > Louisiana, USA

Climate Change: Risks for National Security

Climate change is already a major concern for US military planners. Meanwhile, American politicians continue to ignore the issue of this growing threat. Join ASP at Louisiana State University on Wednesday, March 25th as we discuss this important issue.


25 March, 2015
Woodrow Wilson Center > Washington DC, US

Islands as Champions of Resilience

Join three climate change experts for a discussion on reframing island states from victims of climate change to champions of resilience.

25 March, 2015
Joint Research Center (JRC), Brussels, Belgium > Brussels, Belgium

Workshop on Indicators and Data for Climate Resilient Development: from data to information and knowledge to policy actions


The final objective of this workshop is the identification of a core set indicators and data sets with a global coverage for the key determinants of climate resilient development  (natural hazards related to climate change, vulnerability, adaptive capacity, mitigation, resilience, and development) to guide policy actions in this area. It will offer the opportunity of knowledge sharing between experts, scientists and practitioners, thereby establishing an open forum on climate resilient development which will be supported by a web knowledge platform.