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    Bula and welcome to the Climate Security Community of Practice!

    This space is the online information sharing, resources and communication platform for regional stakeholders across the Pacific in relation to climate security. The aim of this room is to raising awareness on climate security and engage with regional stakeholders across the Pacific to take part in an effective and informed dialogue on climate security, thereby providing an inclusive approach to building resilience.

    Material, updates and developments from the Climate Security in the Pacific project will be shared regularly, as well as events, webinars and discussions on climate security.

    Background:

    While climate change does not cause violent conflict, in and of itself, it can through its interaction with other social, political, and economic factors have negative impacts on international peace and security. The pathways through which these risks manifest are highly contextual and determined by the interaction between climatic hazards, exposure, and, most importantly, the vulnerability and coping capacity of states and societies. In the Pacific, climate change has the potential for a myriad of cascading fragility and instability risks.

    These will affect men, women, and youth differently, and vary across the region both according to timeframes under consideration and depending on the country contexts. A multi-dimensional approach is needed to find sustainable solutions.

    This includes recognition of the importance of effective, accountable central and local governance; equitable management of and access to natural resources and ecosystem services; availability of climate-resilient alternative livelihoods; resilience-building of individuals, communities, and institutions, and the peaceful and safe management of migration and displacement.

    Such an approach can be the catalyst for collective efforts to address climate change in conjunction with other potentially destabilizing factors, and ultimately facilitate a systemic shift from crisis response to coordinated risk prevention, early warning, and effective adaptation.

    Please find additional resources, data and useful material on climate security in the "Background Documents" box.

    You are welcome to provide comments, ideas, and inputs on climate security and feel free to share this space with your network! 

      The first 2021 DPCC - Development Partners for Climate Change - meeting (first edition to be held virtually) was held on 13 May. The DPCC group is formed by over 26 partners and has served as an informal forum for development partners to exchange information on topics related to climate change that affect the Pacific.

      The theme of the meeting was climate security and the topics addressed were climate security from a global and regional perspective, the Boe Declaration and Action Plan and the Climate Security in the Pacific project. You can find the presentations of the topics at the following links:

      The final discussion session was the occasion for partners to plan future partnerships and discuss joint actions on climate security.

      What are your thoughts on climate security in the Pacific? Which type of actions and partnership could be implemented to address the climate security challenges?

      Feel free to join the discussion!

      Climate change represents an existential threat for Pacific people and indeed the very existence of many small and low-lying atoll nations.

      The Climate Security in the Pacific project is taking decisive risk management actions to build resilience and secure a sustainable future. By implementing concrete climate actions, it helps set the direction to manage climate-related risks and strengthen the capacities of Pacific SIDS, at the same time supporting their governments to increase their advocacy and presenting climate change as the most significant security threat for the Pacific region in the global fora.

      Funded by the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), the project is implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Governments of Tuvalu, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Kiribati, which will also work in synergy with regional actors.

      The initiative contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on Climate Action and aligns with the Boe Declaration Action Plan.

      Outcomes:

      • Empowering atoll states and regional actors in the Pacific to address climate-related security risks.
      • Strengthening the overall understanding and risk management of critical climate-related security risks and challenges.
      • Enhancing advocacy and related capacities of Pacific Island Nations to combat climate change, focusing on the climate impact on peace and human security.

      News, updates and material about the project:

      What are your thoughts on the project? Feel free to comment and share ideas and don't hesitate to contact us for more information. 

      The podcast series “Catching the last wave” will explain how climate change is already and will continue shaping the way communities are living. It aims at raising awareness on climate security and foster an effective and informed dialogue on the issue at the regional and global levels, thereby providing an inclusive approach to building resilience.

      By interviewing, global, regional and national experts and specialists, the podcasts will explore the negative impacts of climate change in the Pacific region, at the same time increasing the understanding and knowledge on the disaster risks, climate change impacts, and risk management solutions.

      The podcast series is part of the joint UNDP-IOM Climate Security Project, funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund.

      Tune in and enjoy!