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Global climate governance in a changing world
Description: Global climate governance in a changing world Are new coalitions reshaping climate negotiations? Thursday 14 September 2017, 15.00-17.00 DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies Background In November, government representatives will meet in Bonn, Germany to continue negotiations on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The negotiations take place against the backdrop of the US government’s spring 2017 decision to withdraw from the accord, drawing attention to the role of many other state and non-state actors in sustaining its momentum. In this changing context, this seminar asks: • What old and new coalitions are driving climate negotiations forward? • How is the traditional divide between North and South developing? • What are the key topics on the agenda in the negotiations, and what are Denmark’s particular interests? • Where can Denmark look for climate allies within and beyond the EU? International negotiations, to address the causes and consequences of climate change, have long provided an arena of contention between industrialized countries with a large historical responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions on one side, and developing countries that have contributed less to climate change but are more vulnerable to its negative effects on the other. In recent years, however, the diversity of national experiences, interests, and political initiatives related to climate change has become increasingly clear. New coalitions and actor groupings are contributing to reshaping climate negotiations. This shift presents an opportunity for navigating away from political stalemates, but also creates a more complicated picture of where the key areas for agreement and disagreement among negotiating parties lie. This seminar will explore the changing actor dynamics in climate negotiations in the lead up to the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 23). The seminar will outline emerging constellations of actor interests and discuss the core issues for debate as parties work on finalizing the implementation plan for the Paris Agreement. It will also discuss Denmark’s priorities in this year’s negotiations and the prospects for promoting Danish positions on climate questions. Speakers Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær, Assistant Professor and Programme Director, University of the Faroe Islands Anette Ejersted, Chief Negotiator, International Office, Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities, and Climate Mikkel Funder, Senior Researcher, DIIS Erik Lundsgaarde, Senior Researcher, DIIS Programme 15.00-15.05: Welcome and introduction, Erik Lundsgaarde 15.05-15.45: New narratives and practices of global climate governance, Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær 15.45-15.55: Danish priorities and outlook toward COP 23, Anette Ejersted 15.55-16.10: Coffee break 16.10-16.15: Reflections from discussant, Mikkel Funder 16.15-17.00: Audience questions and open discussion, moderator: Mikkel Funder Read more at www.diis.dk
  14 Sep 2017   1h45m41s 2 68 0
Meeting the global demand for food assistance - panel
Description: This event, drawing on the World Food Programme's (WFP) 2017 global stocktake of food assistance, brings together voices from across academic, NGO and donor communities.
  05 Sep 2017   51m24s 1 91 0
How to ensure Food Security in times of Climate Change
Description: In this video, experts discuss the role climate change plays as a conflict multiplier. Key aspects include shocks in food production and the disintegration of livelihood systems, putting increased pressure on local populations that are dependent on agricultural activities. Land restoration, climate change mitigation and early warning systems can be supported by effective global governance for curtailing climate-related risks to peace. The Climate Diplomacy initiative is a collaborative effort of the German Federal Foreign Office in partnership with adelphi. http://www.climate-diplomacy.org Subscribe to the newsletter here: http://bit.ly/subscribeECC Follow Climate Diplomacy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClimateDiplo "Numerous experts fear that climate change exists as a risk factor for peace. One key impact is that climate change is likely to disrupt food production in many regions. This will have serious consequences for local livelihoods - particularly those dependent on farming, fishing and herding. Others will also be affected, as the risk of public unrest and civil conflict intensifies when food prices and availability become more volatile. Oli Brown (http://bit.ly/UNEProle): Climate change plays out in many different ways around food security and water and land and so on. Fundamentally, it’s redrawing the maps of our world and that is very destabilizing, it potentially makes life a lot more difficult in different parts of the world through food security problems, through internal displacement, through problems of water. Sue Lautze (http://bit.ly/FAOclim): There can be no food security without peace, there also cannot be any peace without food security! John Liu (http://bit.ly/trueWealth): Well, it is pretty complex because you have geologic, evolutionary, and human history and so we have millions of years of data and thousands of years of data and it says human beings have damaged natural ecosystem function on a planetary scale. And it seems to me that climate change is more of a symptom than an actual end result and we have also seen that it is possible to rehabilitate large scale damaged ecosystems. This knowledge is a responsibility. This is the way to end poverty. This is the way to have sufficient water resources, to have food security and this is the way to address climate change. As demographic change puts additional pressure on agricultural systems, it’s more important than ever to safeguard the biosphere’s ability to produce enough food to fulfill humanity’s needs. It is crucial, therefore, to ensure that vulnerable communities are able to adapt to negative impacts. Kitty van der Heijden (http://bit.ly/NileWater): Take one example in my own backyard, I live in Ethiopia, as I said, in the province of the north of Tigray. You know, heavily stricken by El Niño, climate impacts, huge food insecurity – so what do you do? Years ago, we started with many other partners to talk about restoring degraded lands. You can do that with very simple means: Giving the farmers ownership over the trees. By now farmers themselves, with their own hands, moved 90 million tons of soil, of dirt and of stones to help with water harvesting, for terassing of the hilly terrain. If you look at that region now, it is the one region that is still food secure, that despite the drought, despite El Niño. It did not cost a heck of a lot of money. Land restoration is but one example of many actions which can be taken to ensure food security and prevent conflict. Other examples include climate change mitigation, improving access to food or refining early warning/early action systems. Global governance can support these efforts, for example by coordinating the responses, reforming trade regimes, and establishing equitable insurance schemes. To learn more about climate change, food security and conflict, and to find recommendations, have a look at the interactive ECC Factbook: • Global Food Price Shocks. ECC Factbook: http://bit.ly/FoodPriceShock • Food price volatility and fragility in the MENA region. Climate Diplomacy: http://bit.ly/MENAfoodprice • Supporting Global Food Security in a Changing Climate Through Transatlantic Cooperation By Michael Werz and Benjamin Pohl: http://bit.ly/TransCoopFS" This interview was conducted at the Planetary Security Conference in The Hague, 5-6 December 2016. It is produced by Paul Müller-Hahl (Lichtbilder Filmproduktion) and directed by Stella Schaller (adelphi).
  04 Sep 2017   4m2s 9 351 0
Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project: Defending Tuvalu's coasts from the impacts of climate change
Description: Officially launched by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu on August 30 2017 in the capital of Funafuti, the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project, implemented by UNDP, is set to shore up Tuvalu's coastal defenses in the face of rising sea levels and storm surges driven by climate change. The Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project, set to run for seven years, is financed with US$36 million from the Green Climate Fund and $2.9 million from the Government of Tuvalu. “Some time ago a little girl on the island of Nanumea asked me: ‘Prime Minister what can you do to save me? How can you ensure I can continue living on my island?’ That question struck at the bottom of my heart. It has become my mission and must be the mission that every Tuvaluan to paddle together to.” said Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, at the launch event. “This project is the pride of Tuvalu. Its implementation is based on strong partnership with island leaders and communities, and with our partner UNDP we will paddle together to build resilience...” Learn more: http://www.adaptation-undp.org/projects/tuvalu-coastal-adaptation-project Follow the project on Twitter #TCAPGCF
  30 Aug 2017   2m5s 1 34 0
Climate report by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency
Description: Summer in the city, Nigeria 2017 - 2100
  16 Aug 2017   7m52s 3 465 0
How can I be exposed to TCE?
Description: TCE that is spilled on soil or that leaks from storage tanks can contaminate the soil around it. It evaporates less easily from soil and may stick to soil particles and remain for a long time. TCE in soil may also leak into groundwater. TCE can remain in groundwater for a long time. Most TCE that’s released into the atmosphere is from degreasing operations. TCE in contaminated soil, or more likely contaminated groundwater, can form a vapor that migrates through the soil into the home. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: http://www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Tools/CommentPolicy.html This video can also be viewed at https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/wcms/videos/low-res/ATSDR/2017/tce1combo_1263437.mp4
  15 Aug 2017   2m14s 7 178 0
Webinar: Is Agricultural Insurance the Key
Description: This event, jointly presented by Microlinks and Agrilinks, covered the potential for agricultural insurance to promote resilience and inclusive agricultural growth as part of an integrated risk management approach. Integrated risk management can provide a pathway out of poverty by mitigating climate risk and enabling smallholders to take advantage of economic growth opportunities. Lena Heron, Senior Rural Development Advisor in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, discussed the use of insurance to support USAID’s inclusive, climate-smart agricultural growth and resilience programming objectives. Richard Choularton from the World Food Programme discussed how the Rural Resilience (R4) Initiative combines agricultural index insurance with broader risk management approaches to reduce vulnerability and improve the livelihoods of rural farmers. The R4 approach also incorporates risk reduction through community asset building (soil and water management), savings for improved coping, and credit to enable prudent risk taking for economic growth. Currently being implemented in Ethiopia and Senegal, R4 has recently begun activity in Malawi and Zambia. R4’s activities in Senegal are supported by a grant from USAID’s Global Climate Change Office. In 2014, R4 won a $500,000 grant through USAID's Internal Development Innovation Ventures (iDIV) competition, which sources game-changing ideas from USAID staff anywhere in the world.
  09 Aug 2017   1h19m3s 1 25 0
Supporting Productive Landscapes in Guatemala - Extended Learning
Description: The Productive Landscapes Resilient to Climate Change and Strengthened Socioeconomic Networks in Guatemala project aims to increase climate resilience in productive landscapes and socio-economic systems in pilot municipalities that are threatened by climate change and climatic variability impacts, in particular hydro-meteorological events that are increasing in frequency and intensity. It will achieve this through a suite of key outcomes that range from enhancing institutional capabilities, supporting more resilient local economies, and increasing communities’ adaptive capacity. The initiative is supported through a grant from the Adaptation Fund (AF), and executed in Guatemala by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as the implementing agency. Learn more at http://www.adaptation-undp.org/projects/af-climate-change-resilient-productive-landscapes-guatemala.
  20 Jul 2017   8m16s 2 37 0
Helping Afghanistan's farmers to adjust to the impacts of climate change
Description: Afghanistan is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change; including beautiful, mountainous Panjshir province. The Panjshir valley starts about 2 hours’ drive from Kabul and winds north into the Hindu Kush. Isolated and poor, its 140,000 people, mostly farmers, get by on a string of small-scale farms by the side of the river or hacked into the mountainsides. Their lives have always been hard, but they are made even more difficult by desertification and regular floods. Across Afghanistan, UNDP’s Climate Change Adaptation project staff work closely with vulnerable communities to identify exactly what their problems are and the best ways to solve them. They combine UNDP’s global expertise with their own local knowledge — and their passion for development. “Dealing with climate change is very important,” says Sulaiman, UNDP’s Regional Manager for our Climate Change Adaptation project. “My staff in Panjshir think of their work as not just a job but also a service to these communities and our country in general.” Read more about the US$10m project made possible by the Global Environment Facility-Least Developed Countries Fund. Being put into action by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, with support from UNDP: https://medium.com/@UNDPaf/undp-and-climate-adaptation-in-panjshir-4d827d217376
  11 Jul 2017   1m26s 1 21 0
Climate report from TVE, Madrid and Barcelona 2017-2100
Description: Summer in the City (English subtitled)
  05 Jul 2017   5m54s 16 5266 0
Global Climate Solutions after Paris
Description: As the United States leaves the Paris Agreement, how will the leadership vacuum be filled? Will China continue to surge ahead, tackling air pollution and investing in renewable energy? Will India soon abandon its commitments, favoring coal development over clean air? If choices that individual countries make in regard to their energy mix have planet-wide consequences, does abandoning Paris signal the end of the US-led international order? What role does vulnerability reduction play in the new landscape of global climate solutions and policy? Alice Hill Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Andrew Revkin, Moderator Laurence Tubiana Bina Venkataraman
  30 Jun 2017   1h20m50s 1 96 0
Climate, Conflict, & Refugees: Examining the Impact of Environmental Change on Human Security
Description: A discussion analyzing the global risks presented to human security by environmental change, as well as the findings and recommendations from the recently released report — "New Challenges to Human Security: Environmental Change and Human Mobility." Featuring: Kelly M. McFarland, Director of Programs and Research, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration; Affiliate, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University Rod Schoonover, Director of Environmental and Natural Resources, National Intelligence Council Sally Yozell, Senior Associate and Director of the Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center
  14 Jun 2017   1h24m16s 1 68 0