Dear Climate-L Subscribers,
the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change is happy to announce the publications of new stories in the magazine Climate Science&Policy:
1. The sustainable transition. Overcoming the crises from Rio to Rio and beyond
UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner was asked to deliver the Aurelio Peccei Lecture in Rome, 30 March 2012. the full version of the lecture "Learning to Live on Only One Planet—Towards the UN Summit in Rio" is available on the website Climate Science&Policy.
Rio+20 needs to be more than just economics and has to cope with fundamental barriers, Achim Steiner says. A suite of persistent, evolving and emerging crises is becoming real and is going to affect our lives in the long term. To deal with subsidies is good in the short period but is not enough and we should focus on critical sectors of the economy such as human and natural capital. Starting from a question that was raised twenty years ago: did the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 fail? It did not; it rather laid the foundations upon which a new generation of leaders must build something.
2. Putting agriculture front and center in policy considerations
Food security should be considered along with human rights. That's why climate negotiations need to value the impacts of climate change on land use for they are rather relevant. In this conversation with Climate Science & Policy, Molly Jahn – Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co – author of "What next for agriculture after Durban?" – points out the need to foster the integration of agriculture in climate talks. We are going to face negative impacts but some benefits as well, Molly Jahn says, and to include them in the conversation on REDD+(as in the "Durban Platform for Enhanced Action") is a first step. In any case, we should consider food security and agriculture among the highest priority
3. Climate change and its humanitarian consequences. Understanding a long term interplay
Addressing the nexus among climate change, human migrations and resulting conflicts – which are already beginning to merge in ways that reshape the conventional comprehension of national security – is a key challenge of the 21st century. These facts also demand a rethinking of the traditional divisions between diplomacy, defence, and economic, social and environmental development policy abroad. Tackling this complex issue requires understanding, preparation and new models of regional cooperation. The "Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict: Addressing complex crisis scenarios in the 21st Century" report discusses the complex interaction among climate, migrations and conflicts. Michael Werz, Senior Fellow at the American Progress and one of the authors of the report, introduces the topic of sustainable security in the future of international cooperation.
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