Environment, climate, conflict, and peace (ECCP)
As part of its mandate on community management, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform aims to strengthen networking and community building in different topics within the peacebuilding sector. The Geneva Dialogue on Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Peace aims to foster inter-institutional collaboration and dialogue, promote shared learning and innovation, and mainstream these topics across the board between the environment, climate, conservation, conflict, security, and peace sectors.
These goals are achieved through three primary activities: briefings and convenings, the development of a White Paper on Environmental Peacebuilding, and the Geneva contribution towards the Environmental Peacebuilding Association’s Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding. Persons interested in joining this track should contact Annika at annika[@]gpplatform[dot]ch.
The White Paper on the Future of Environmental Peacebuilding
The White Paper is a collaborative, multi-author project which outlines a vision for the future of environmental peacebuilding. The process is designed to act as a vehicle through which stakeholders may collaborate and build cross-cutting relationships in order to craft a common vision for the future. It also recognises the variety of perspectives and backgrounds present in the environment, climate, conservation, conflict, security, and peace fields. The White Paper is a policy-oriented document, to be developed through a reflective, consultative, multi-stakeholder process. It aims to deliver a strong, cogent message about the future of the field to the Stockholm+50 forum in June 2022. The Paper draft will be open for consultation from October to December 2021. Learn more and join the White Paper process here.
International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding
From 2 to 4 February 2022, practitioners, scholars, decision makers, and the Geneva community will gather in the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies for the second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding. The week will feature more than 50 planned conversations, presentations, launches, and high-level dialogues across the field and serve as the major contact point for those working at the intersections of environment, climate, conservation, conflict, security, and peace. It will allow the field to connect and innovate, building momentum towards the Stockholm+50 Conference in June 2022. Some travel support may be available. Please learn more about the conference here.
Upcoming briefings and convenings for researchers & practitioners
Facilitated Discussion - 19 October - Monthly Meeting
White Paper Consultation - 21 October, 14:30 CET - at the International Leadership Association Conference (register here)
Geneva Peace Week Opening Ceremony - 1 November - Panel presentation by Lindsey Cook, QUNO (register here)
White Paper Consultation - 3 November, 9:00 CET - at Geneva Peace Week (register here)
ECCP Panel - 9 November, 10:00 CET - at COP26, Chatham House Climate Security Virtual Pavilion (register here)
White Paper Consultation - 9 November, 15:00 CET - Open Consultation (register here)
Facilitated Discussion - 16 November - Monthly Meeting
Previous public briefings and convenings:
Facilitated Discussion - 23 September - Meeting Summary
Facilitated Discussion - 22 September - Meeting Summary
Update and Information Session - 21 June - White Paper Update Presentation
Facilitated Discussion - 15 June - Meeting Summary
Facilitated Discussion - 8 June - Geneva Peace Week 2021 Planning Session
Facilitated Discussion - 11 May - Meeting Summary
Facilitated Discussion - 13 April - Meeting Summary
Facilitated Discussion and Presentation - 16 February 2021 - Environmental peacemaking meeting summary
Facilitated Discussion - 26 January 2021 - Meeting Summary
Facilitated Discussion - 6 October 2020 - Doug Weir, The Conflict and Environment Observatory: Meeting Summary available upon request
Participants may contact Annika (email@example.com) for additional summaries of meetings not listed here.
Resources, newsletters, and events in environment, climate, conflict, and peace
- Environmental Peacebuilding Association: Environmental peacebuilding knowledge platform
- International Affairs: Special issue on environmental peacebuilding
- Geneva Dialogue on ECCP: Briefing to review the literature
- UNEP: Natural resources and peacebuilding
- UNEP: Environmental cooperation for peacebuilding
- International Organization for Migration: Environmental Migration Portal
- QUNO: Resources on natural resources, conflict, and cooperation
- QUNO: Resources on climate change, peace, and justice
- IUCN Flagship Report: Conservation and conflict
- Geneva Water Hub: Resources
- PAX: Building peace by protecting the environment
- Planetary Security Initiative: Publications
- Conflict and Environment Observatory: Resources
- adelphi: Resources
- SIPRI: Environment of Peace
- Institute for Economics and Peace: Ecological Threat Register
- Wilson Center: Environmental Change and Security Program
- CGIAR Climate Security: Resources on Food Security
- Native Movement: Zine on Just Transitions
- Overseas Development Institute: Climate Security Resources
- Environmental Emergencies Center: Training
- EHA Connect, Connecting Environment & Humanitarian Action: Resources
- Genocide Scholars: Statement on Climate
Environmental Peacebuilding Association's Road to Geneva
Environmental Peacebuilding Association's general newsletter
SIPRI Research Bulletin
Geneva Environment Network weekly newsletter
Major Events for the Geneva Dialogue in 2021-2022:
- IUCN's World Conservation Congress: 3 to 11 September 2021, Marseilles
- Geneva Peace Week: 1 to 5 November 2021, online
- Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding: 2 to 4 February 2022, Geneva
- Stockholm + 50: June 2022
To add other events and resources to this page, please get in touch with Annika (email above).
GPW20: Digital Series on Environmental Peacebuilding
Geneva Peace Week 2020 Closing Ceremony, with guests including Inger Andersen (Executive Director of UNEP), Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan (Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji ), Johanna Lissinger Peitz (Ambassador, Government Offices of Sweden, Ministry the Environment), Juan Mayr Maldonado (former Environment Minister for Colombia), Hani Abbas (Cartoonist), Irene Ojuok (Climate resilience and land restoration specialist), Carl Bruch (Environmental Law Institute and President of Environmental Peacebuilding Association), and more.
Video panel: 'A legal framework for environmental peacebuilding,' created by The Conflict and Environment Observatory. This film introduces the legal principles on the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts that are being developed by the UN's International Law Commission, and considers how they could help support environmental peacebuilding, and be implemented. Through interviews with leading experts, it also examines the principles’ relevance for regulating the extractives industry, for protecting environmental human rights in conflict and during occupations, and for supporting peacebuilding through biodiversity conservation.
Infographic on relevant podcasts on the topic of 'climate risk management and peacebuilding'. See the infographic here.