Climate security and emerging threats
Imagine a world where there is no illegal exploitation of natural resources that puts stress on local communities. Imagine a world where there is no conflict over natural resources. Imagine a world where climate crisis responses are locally-led and inclusive.
This world is possible when we address climate change and emerging risks through conflict prevention and local ownership. This is our opportunity to build sustaining peace and eliminate the most pressing global challenges to peace.
That is why we at GPPAC work to apply and promote a conflict-sensitive and peacebuilding approach to climate-related risks and other emerging threats.
This serves to break away from the narrow understanding of conflict as an upsurge in violence, and towards a recognition that it is a manifestation of tensions caused by a variety of underlying factors - including the insecurity generated by climate change.
Through cross-regional learning, we will build the knowledge and understanding of GPPAC members to integrate climate into their peacebuilding work and other emerging threats in their own programming, and influence powerholders to do the same.
‘’GPPAC members work to support peace processes and facilitate community dialogues; address root causes of socio-economic inequalities and drivers of conflict, violence and extremism; address climate change and other crises; and build stronger and more resilient inclusive communities through peace education, gender justice and other means. For us, peacebuilding is a critical part of development work, humanitarian action, transition contexts, and everyday life.’’ - Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Addressing Climate Change from the perspective of Local Peacebuilders
Climate change is a peace and security issue, and a priority area for our global network.