Why Climate Change Matters for Human Security

Vivekananda, Janani (2022). Why Climate Change Matters for Human Security. Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship. UN University and UN Environment Programme.

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    Author Vivekananda, Janani
    Title Why Climate Change Matters for Human Security
    Series Title Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship
    Publication Date 2022-05-24
    Place of Publication New York and Geneva
    Publisher UN University and UN Environment Programme
    Pages 20
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper outlines the state of knowledge regarding security risks related to climate change, synthesizing the existing scientific evidence to set out five broad pathways of risk. Climate change itself is rarely a direct cause of conflict. Yet, there is ample evidence that its effects exacerbate important drivers and contextual factors of conflict and fragility, thereby challenging the stability of states and societies. Climate change impacts such as coral bleaching, diversity loss, and erratic rainfall can stress livelihoods and drive displacement, increase resource conflicts, and challenge the security and stability of people and states worldwide. Managing these security risks requires action across the entire impact chain: work to mitigate climate change; reducing its consequences on ecosystems; adapting socioeconomic systems; better management of climate-induced heightened resource competition; and strengthening governance and conflict management institutions. And every dimension of the response must be conflict-sensitive and climate proof. Without the right responses, climate change will mean more fragility, less peace and less security. But this paper sets out illustrative examples of how, with a greater understanding of how climate change interacts with social, political, economic and environmental drivers of conflict and fragility, we will be better placed to make the kind of risk-informed decisions is integral to achieving international peace and security.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CLIMATE
    INTERNAL SECURITY
    REGIONAL SECURITY
    HUMAN SECURITY
    ARMED CONFLICTS
    NATURAL RESOURCES
    CLIMATE CHANGE
    Keyword Stockholm+50
    Stockholm Convention
    Climate-security
    Displacement
    Food insecurity
    Climate Action
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
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