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Between 9 – 18 July the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development will convene under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to review in-depth the progress of six Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Three of them, namely Climate Action (SDG13) and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16) and Partnership for the Goals (SDG17) were assessed in relation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the OSCE Security Day on 4 June in the United Nations Vienna Headquarters
The first publication of a knowledge partnership between SIPRI and the World Food Programme (WFP) assesses the contribution of WFP to the improvement of the prospects for peace, based on four field research-based case studies in El Salvador, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and Mali. Strong contributions were found in livelihood investments, in building good links between the state and citizens, in natural resource management and in community-based participatory approaches, areas that also show a close link to climate change. The report “The World Food Programme’s Contribution to Improving the Prospects for Peace” further explored whether WFP’s programming potentially exacerbates conflict or increases the risk of conflict.
The scan aims to help policy-makers, practitioners and academics who are short on time get to grips with the range of literature, discourse and social media coverage of the intersection of resilience, climate change, conflict and security. It has assessed over 350 pieces of literature and summarises 146. It intentionally emphasises academic journals, because these remain inaccessible to many, including those who take critical policy and funding decisions on how to prevent and respond to new manifestations of complex risk.
Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 2019 – Japan’s economic competitiveness is threatened by a heavy reliance on imports from countries that face multiple climate change-exacerbated security risks, and Japan can take lessons from the U.S. military’s vulnerabilities to climatic changes, according to two new Japan Series reports (here and here) from experts at The Center for Climate and Security, a think tank in Washington DC with a team and Advisory Board of senior military and security leaders. The reports come ahead of Japan’s hosting of two G20 ministerial meetings on Trade and Digital Economy (June 8-9) and Energy Transitions for Global Environment for Sustainable Growth (June 15-16)