Scanning forward across the conflict horizon reveals looming risks after two decades of growing peace. Connecting people and connecting issues, drawing on what we have learned over the past 20 years or so of peacebuilding, can renew the growth of peace. Continue reading
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Tagged adaptation, Climate change, climate conflict, demography, EM Forster, gender, global inequality, Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), International Alert, international institutions, migration, natural resources, peacebuilding, population, resilience, Thomas Piketty, Ukraine, urbanisation
Over the past two decades the world has become more peaceful. Today, rising pressures are generating increased conflict risk. We have learned a lot. Now, can we take advantage of that? Because we will need to. Continue reading
Posted in Conflict & peace, International development, The State of the World
Tagged Climate change, climate conflict, conflict risk, corruption, demography, inequalities, Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Malthus, Millennium Development Goals, natural resources, planetary boundaries, population, poverty, resilience, Stockholm Resilience Centre, tax evasion, urbanisation
For the past two and half years, International Alert has been conducting field research in four South Asian countries on vulnerability to the effects of climate change, possibilities for adaptation, obstacles and how to overcome them. What shines out of these studies is the need for policies that integrate responses to climate and conflict challenges into developing a broadly based quality of resilience – in local communities and on the national stage. Continue reading
International Alert convenes an expert roundtable, Building resilience – building peace, in Kathmandu on Monday 8 July. It’s the culmination of two and half years of research on the impact of climate change on local communities in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. I can’t be there so we recorded four minutes to camera as my contribution to the day’s events.
My brief comments emphasise the importance of thinking about the impact of climate change on four critical system – supply of water, food security, energy availability and supply natural resources supply. Responding to the challenge of climate change is about building resilience in those systems on which people everywhere depend.