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Environment, climate, conflict, and peace

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. 

Read more about the group here. 

You can also read the summary document of the Dialogue's findings here.

 

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 was open for consultation from 15 October to 15 November 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.  Please learn more about the conference here. 

 

 

Upcoming briefings and convenings for researchers & practitioners

There are no further public briefings or convenings scheduled for 2021. Please check back in early 2022 for the next set of events. In the meantime, review the notes from meetings-past below or this summary document.

 

Previous public briefings and convenings:

Facilitated Discussion - 16 November - Meeting Summary

ECCP Panel - 9 November, 10:00 CET - at COP26, Chatham House Climate Security Virtual Pavilion 

White Paper Consultation - 9 November, 15:00 CET - Open Consultation 

Geneva Peace Week Opening Ceremony -  1 November - Panel presentation by Lindsey Cook, QUNO

White Paper Consultation - 3 November, 9:00 CET - at Geneva Peace Week 

White Paper Consultation - 21 October, 14:30 CET - at the International Leadership Association Conference

Facilitated Discussion - 19 October - Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 23 September - Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 22 September - Meeting Summary

Briefing - 29 June - Lindsey Cook, Human rights, climate change, and peacebuilding: 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

Briefing - 18 May - Claire McAllisterAn update from SIPRI on the Environment of Peace project: Meeting Summary and Presentation

Facilitated Discussion - 11 May - Meeting Summary

Briefing - 20 April - Catherine-Lune GraysonClimate security and humanitarian action: Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 13 April - Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 16 March - Wim Zwijnenburg, Exploring nature-based solutions: Meeting Summary

Briefing - 2 March 2021 - Erika Weinthal and McKenzie Johnson, The environmental peacebuilding policy landscape: Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion and Presentation - 16 February 2021 - Environmental peacemaking meeting summary

Briefing - 9 February 2021 - CGIAR Climate Security, Food and climate security: Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 26 January 2021 - Meeting Summary

Briefing - 8 December 2020 - Serge Stroobants, Institute for Economics and Peace: Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 1 December 2020 - Ruth Miller, Native Movement: Meeting Summary

Briefing - 17 November 2020 - Dina Ionesco and Alice Baillat, International Organisation for Migration: Meeting Summary and Presentation

Briefing - 13 October 2020 - Silja Halle, United Nations Environment Programme: Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 6 October 2020 - Doug Weir, The Conflict and Environment Observatory: Meeting Summary available upon request

Facilitated Discussion - 28 September 2020 - Tobias von Lossow, Clingendael Institute: Meeting Summary

Briefing - 10 June 2020 - Beatrice Mosello, adelphi: Meeting Summary

Facilitated Discussion - 27 May 2020 - Roberto Forin, Mixed Migration Centre: Meeting Summary

Participants may contact Annika (annika@gpplatform.ch) for additional summaries of meetings not listed here.

 

 

Resources, newsletters, and events in environment, climate, conflict, and peace 

Resources:


Related Newsletters:

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:

To add other events and resources to this page, please get in touch with Annika (email above).

GPW21: Digital Series on Environmental Peacebuilding

Video: Science diplomacy to support environmental peacebuilding projects & the prevention of local conflict, created by UNESCO chair SIMEV (France), the Clingendael Institute (Netherlands), Chemistry Research Department of University of Montpellier (MUSE-France) and NGO Pentagon Wave for Research and Development (Colombia). During this session, we  discuss some projects in which science diplomacy provided the basis for successful initiatives that contributed to create a climate of trust, entrepreneurship and collaboration to propose solutions linked to water and plastic pollutions and its management for sustainability. 

Video: Using media and communication to address climate-affected drivers of conflict, created by BBC Media Action and Fondation Hirondelle. Based on recent research conducted by BBC Media Action (commissioned as part of SIPRI's Environment of Peace Initiative), experience from projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Mali supporting media and journalism to address these issues, and work supporting climate scientists to communicate information more effectively, this session seeks to understand how media communication strategies can engage, inform, and support communities to take part in and enact change to address both climate and environmental challenges and the conflict risks they generate (or are exacerbated by).

 

Podcast: Creating an interdisciplinary, international collaboration to address island climate migration, created by GCSP and the University of Geneva. Listeners are invited to follow the journey of Jessica Libertini (US), Emma Ortuño Lattur (Spain), Eduardo Meñez (Philippines), Adriana Hondora (Zimbabwe), and Abubakar Yakubu (Nigeria) as they arrive in Geneva for UNIGE's MAS in International and European Security and the GCSP's Leadership in International Security Course. In this podcast, this international team learns about international security and inclusive leadership, and then applies those lessons to examine the complex issue of climate migration in the context of small island developing states (SIDS). After introducing climate migration in the SIDS and the courses in which this team met, the five team members share some of the lessons they learned, their inclusive groupwork processes, the policy recommendations resulting from their foresighting analysis, and some challenges the team faced. The podcast closes with reflections on the feasibility, importance, and value of the intentional creation of diverse teams in addressing the globe's most pressing security challenges.

Video: Climate Dilemma: Challenges and Impacts on Migration, created by CD4Peace and Association Y30. The video presents two different perspectives of the legal, cultural and social dimensions of climate displacement, thus demonstrating the complicated nature of the issues at stake for climate change and migration. The experts also propose the ways in which possible solutions and mitigative measures could be adopted at international and local levels while simultaneously insisting on the urgency of adopting such measures. This presentation gives a nuanced exploration that seeks to raise awareness about the multidimensional consequences of climate change.

Video: Korea DMZ Peace Incubator: Seeding the Future, created by University of Vermont, Women's Federation for World Peace International. This interactive project seeks to engage actors and stakeholders in the visioning of a new future in the Demilitarized Zone of Korea through the creation of a peace zone where women from North and South Korea can meet and interact with women and youth from all over the world. It aims to gather experts in environmental peacebuilding and future ecologies of the DMZ zone, as well as experts and practitioners in peacebuilding, reconciliation, reconstruction and humanitarian service. The goal is to go beyond the political, physical and mental barriers to co-create a landscape and infrastructure for Korean women, as well as an international hub for Women, Peace and the Environment. The objective is to gather solutions, ideas and visions for this space from local, regional and global actors building on existing visions for the Korean DMZ and engaging the opinions and visions of North Koreans.

Video: Faith and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential, created by World Vision International, World Evangelical Alliance, UNEP. This short video showcases promising practices from Pakistan and the Sahel region, which illustrate how the complex and intricate issues of the climate crisis in fragile contexts can be addressed through the active engagement of community members and faith actors.

 

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.

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