Conflict Prevention in the Era of Climate Change: Adapting the UN to Climate-Security Risks

Day, Adam and Caus, Jessica (2020). Conflict Prevention in the Era of Climate Change: Adapting the UN to Climate-Security Risks. United Nations University.

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    Author Day, Adam
    Caus, Jessica
    Title Conflict Prevention in the Era of Climate Change: Adapting the UN to Climate-Security Risks
    Publication Date 2020-03-31
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 79
    Language eng
    Abstract Today’s violent conflicts are proving deadlier and more difficult to resolve than ever before. Over the past decade, the number of civil wars has nearly tripled, driven by a growth in transnational criminal networks, greater presence of radical groups in many settings and a willingness of international actors to support intra-state conflicts. This, in turn, has contributed to historic levels of conflict-related displacement and far higher numbers of civilians caught up in violent conflict. There is a growing recognition too of the role of climate change in exacerbating conflict risks. Climate-related changes in transboundary water resources, food security, sea levels, flood risks and migration patterns are already impacting the stability of many States and will require large-scale adaptation and mitigation. Some have even warned of impending “climate wars,” driven by a dramatic shortfall in key resources as the world overheats. As these trends continue to affect a growing number of countries around the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has explicitly placed climate change as a central aspect of the UN’s prevention agenda, as have key Member States. This report aims to support the UN and its partners in developing climate-sensitive conflict prevention approaches. It offers: (1) a literature review covering the major scholarship on the links between climate change and violent conflict; (2) in-depth case studies on climate-security dynamics in Bangladesh and Nigeria; and (3) cross-cutting conclusions and recommendations for the UN system.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CLIMATE CHANGE
    ENVIRONMENT
    ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS
    CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
    CONFLICT
    PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
    NIGERIA
    BANGLADESH
    CLIMATE
    Keyword Environment & resources
    Prevention
    Climate-security
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280865141
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