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EU climate policy: time to come down to earth

For many years, the EU pursued the strategy of ‘leading by example’ in international climate negotiations. However, since the Copenhagen climate summit, frictions inside the EU and a paradigm shift have become increasingly evident, write Severin Fischer and Oliver Geden of the influential German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)...
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India, China urge rich nations to cut carbon deeper

Developed countries must lead emissions curbs and make good on finance pledge say emerging economies key to climate pact. Rich countries need to take the lead in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the leaders of India and China have said in an unusual joint statement. Released at the end of two days of talks between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping, it says developing countries...
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Quote of the Month

“Beyond borders, climate change can stoke international conflict over the control of vital and increasingly scarce resources — particularly water.” - Laurent Fabius, France Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Op-Ed in the New York Times, 24 April 2015.
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2015

We have published the first edition of the Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Newsletter in 2015. Read how foreign policy makers can use opportunities for green job creation to promote ambitious climate action, about linkages between climate change and fragility in Africa, or how climate change exacerbates conflicts between mining and herding in Mongolia.
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Country Profile Germany

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Germany

With the establishment of the action plan "Civil Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Peace Consolidation," the German government presented a comprehensive action framework for crisis prevention along with concrete measures for action. Sustainable development and access to natural resources were identified as important factors influencing crises and conflicts.



Initiatives & Policies

Capacity Building

Climate Change

Early Warning & Risk Analysis

Environmental Diplomacy

Water

 

Think Tanks & Institutions

Arbeitsstelle Frieden und Konfliktbearbeitung (AsFK)

Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)  

German Advisory Council on Global Change

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Quotes & Speeches

Staatssekretär Gernot Erler 2009: Redebeitrag zur Sektion „Energie, Wasser und Umwelt“ der EU-Zentralasien-Außenministerkonferenz, Brussels, 15 September 2009.

Miliband/Steinmeier 2008: Europe has to face up to the security policy impact of climate change - joint contribution by Frank-Walter Steinmeier and David Miliband at NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, 6 March 2008.

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Publications & Documents

Bundesministerium für Verteidigung 2006: White Paper 2006 on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr.

Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) 2006: Transboundary Water Cooperation, BMZ Position Paper.

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