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Climate Change and Fragile States: Resilient Development and the Struggle for Security

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) held a workshop entitled Climate Change and Fragile States: Resilient Development and the Struggle for Security on September 28 and 29, 2011. The workshop brought together practitioners from a number of “communities of practice”, with the aim of exploring and achieving a better understanding of the dynamics of climate change in fragile states. The workshop focused on the current and potential future impacts of climate change in fragile states, the relationship of these impacts to other factors of state fragility, and the challenges and opportunities associated with international responses and programming carried out within this context. IISD is grateful to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) for their support of the workshop.

The workshop included a series of scene-setting presentations by a panel of experts, who spoke on the background of the fragile states issue; the relationship between climate change and fragile states; the impacts and implications on the ground, from both a regional and an issue-focused perspective; and policymaking and programming in the fragile state context. Following the morning’s presentations on Day 1, workshop attendees participated in a breakout discussion session. On Day 2, the workshop concluded with an open discussion among panelists and participants.