Climate change has been called “the defining issue of our time.” We know that global temperatures are increasing – melting glaciers, raising sea levels, and causing more severe and frequent extreme weather events. But how are these changes impacting peace and security? And how do social factors, such as gender and other inequalities, also affect this nexus?
That’s what the online course on “Climate Change, Peace and Security: Understanding Climate-Related Security Risks Through an Integrated Lens” aims to unravel. This e-course has been jointly developed by UN CC:Learn, UNEP, UN Women, UNDPPA, UNDP and Adelphi, and presents a new and engaging opportunity to explore and unpack these complex interactions.
As one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, climate change poses serious risks to peace and security. The impacts of rising temperatures are already disrupting lives and livelihoods across the world, and forecasts predict that this situation will only worsen over time – leading, for instance, to extreme weather events, food insecurity due to lower agricultural outputs, and mass displacements of people. Meanwhile, the impacts of climate change do not affect everyone equally, with fragile contexts and vulnerable groups already being disproportionately affected.
However, by considering the interdependent and interconnected nature of these risks, it is possible to not only address these but to also discover new opportunities for conflict prevention, peacebuilding, climate adaptation, and gender equality or social inclusion – achieving even greater impact. Through an interactive, free and self-paced learning experience, “Climate Change, Peace and Security: Understanding Climate-Related Security Risks Through an Integrated Lens” provides the knowledge and tools needed to analyse and identify such opportunities, for promoting inclusive climate, conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions in specific contexts.
The course is divided into three modules, with a progressively in-depth focus:
- M1: Climate Change, Peace and Security
- M2: Conducting Integrated Analysis
- M3: Entry Points for Policymaking and Programme Design
This course is primarily designed to empower policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. However, anyone that has a background or is interested in these topics can also benefit from it.
Overall, the course will take around 4,5h to be completed, enabling participants to:
- Identify climate-related security risks and their impacts on different groups of people
- Conduct integrated conflict and climate analysis, including by using a gender and social inclusion lens
- Design policies, strategies, and programmatic interventions that integrate climate change, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and gender equality objectives
Users completing each module will receive a badge, while participants successfully finalizing the entire course will be awarded a UN certificate.
The first module has just been made available on UN CC:e-Learn, and the other two will be released in the coming months. “Module 1: Climate Change, Peace and Security” was designed for a broader audience and unpacks the interlinkages between these three topics, while introducing the core concepts and principles that are essential for understanding and addressing compound climate-security risks
Take Module 1 TODAY here.