Climate for Peace Initiative
Climate for Peace promotes and coordinates interlinkages between different projects and approaches within the climate and security agenda at different levels (international, regional, local). The initiative builds on the “The Hague Declaration on Planetary Security”, the “Berlin Call for Action on Climate and Security” and the work of the UN Group of Friends on Climate and Security.
The Climate, Environment, Peace and Security Declaration was endorsed by the G7 Foreign Ministers in May 2022 and was subsequently launched in October 2022 during the Berlin Climate and Security Conference as the Climate for Peace Initiative.
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C4P identifies learnings from shared experiences, good practices that can be scaled up and what should not be replicated. To ensure climate security programming meets criteria for efficacy, actively creates synergies between projects and does not undermine other efforts, members have also committed to the seven-point agenda for action.
Seven-point agenda for action
Aligning our policies and practices as a whole-of-government response to better understand and address peace and security implications of climate change; to fulfil the Paris Agreement and outcomes thereunder, including the Glasgow Climate Pact, as well as international environmental commitments, and conserve or protect at least 30 percent of our land and oceans by 2030, including terrestrial and inland waters and coastal and marine areas, notably pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C and to halt and reverse biodiversity loss;
Supporting those states and regions whose stability and peace are most affected by climate- and environment-related risks; mobilizing climate and biodiversity finance, while promoting resilience, gender equality, conflict prevention, peace and capacity-building in affected regions. This includes scaling up finance for adaptation in line with the Glasgow call to at least double the collective provision of adaptation finance from 2019 levels by 2025, in the context of achieving a balance between mitigation and adaptation in the provision of scaled-up financial resources, recalling Article 9, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement;
Improving resilience and adaptation in the face of climatic and environmental change (and the wider security, economic, humanitarian, environmental and societal challenges it creates) globally by bringing climate security and environmental risk assessment, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and nature-based solutions into the heart of our operations, in addition to mitigation efforts, and utilizing data-driven, science-based, and comprehensive multisectoral approaches/analytical insights;
Collaborating to improve operational responses to support stability and peace by firmly integrating climate change and environmental degradation and their impacts into early warning, mediation, peace-keeping and other peace support operations, in order to promote resilience and to avoid a vicious cycle where climate change and environmental degradation worsen drivers of conflict, which in turn increases vulnerability to climate change and environmental degradation impacts;
Sharing experience and expertise (internationally and across national and subnational government departments) to shape and deliver coordinated policies and practices that are inclusive, context and conflict-sensitive, gender-responsive, and tailored to local conditions and needs of stakeholders;
Advancing coherent and complementary approaches around climate, environment, peace and security and facilitating multilateral collaboration, for example through a regular meeting of supporting actors from governments and international organizations to civil society and the private sector, for example at the Berlin Climate and Security Conference;
Assuring that the risks to stability and peace posed by climate change biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, as well as climate mitigation and adaptation, are raised to the highest levels of government.
The initiative pools the needs and resources of committed countries in the field of climate, environment, peace and security, thereby creating synergies and facilitating exchange. The discussion and implementation of concrete, possibly joint projects is central to the initiative. Climate for Peace gives the participating countries space to exchange experiences, present and discuss project ideas, make needs clear, support each other financially and match the supply and demand for implementing projects. It is a truly global endeavour that focuses on the experiences and needs of affected countries.
Members: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, EU, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Somalia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
Interested parties (countries, organisations, initiatives) can join the Climate for Peace Initiative with a notification from the respective country that includes the designation of a concrete project to be discussed, implemented or financed within the Climate for Peace framework and a working level contact person (POC) to Nora Löhle, Senior Policy Advisor at the German Federal Foreign Office, at email@example.com.