- Borgen: Power & Glory is a great excuse to talk about energy security, climate change, and Arctic geopolitics
By: Anneka Williams Time and again we’ve seen political probity take a nosedive as incumbents pander to audiences with vastly different environmental value systems in
- On the Front Lines of Climate Change: Loss and Damage in Alaska, USA
By: Anneka Williams As I run through the town of Bethel, Alaska I find myself navigating collapsed sections of roads, overgrown willow trees encroaching from
- Climate change must become part of the global agenda on Afghanistan
Action on climate change could be a way to move beyond humanitarian aid and start building the food and water security Afghanistan so desperately needs.
- On the front line of climate change, Somalia needs help
Somalia is emblematic of the wider situation around the world whereby climate change is having cascading impacts that reach far beyond borders. For more than
- Why managing sand sustainably is a gritty problem
Sand from fragile rivers, beaches, and the sea floor is being mined to meet the vast demand for construction materials, resulting in major environment and
- The Science of Destruction
In 1965, 29-year-old Dang Hong Nhut was visiting her husband in the Chu Chi region of Vietnam when the planes came. ‘After they had gone,
- Lake Chad shrinking? It’s a story that masks serious failures of governance
Lake Chad is a hydrological miracle – a life-giving, freshwater lake in the Sahara desert. But the region around the lake has been engulfed in
- Climate Security in Afghanistan: Should it even be on the radar?
Today (Tuesday 17th September) the UN Security Council will debate the renewal of the mandate for UNAMA—the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan—a twice-yearly event that
- Heating up: mediation and climate change
Mediation – the process of helping groups in, or at risk of, armed conflict settle their differences peacefully – rarely gets the attention it deserves
- Driven to Extraction: Can Sand Mining be Sustainable?
Sand is a critical ingredient for many of the materials that we take for granted: concrete, glass and asphalt. Sand and coarse aggregates form the backbone
- Better the Devil You Know: The Importance of Measuring Climate Risk
Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change requires a better understanding of what those may be and impartial ways to track them. [This piece first
- Stopping the Great Splintering: A 5-Step Plan to Revive Multilateralism
I miss 2015. It was a landmark year. In the space of 12 short months governments signed a slew of groundbreaking agreements: the Sustainable Development
- Craft and the Council: Will Kelly Knight Craft end climate action at the UN Security Council?
In late February, Donald Trump announced Kelly Knight Craft, a 57-year-old Kentucky native, as his pick to succeed Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the
- Who defends the defenders?
They came for Niloufar more than a year ago. On 24th and 25th January 2018, Niloufar Bayani, a former colleague of mine at UN Environment,
- Fool Britannia: Britain’s position in the world after Brexit
Britain once ruled the waves, but, for the moment, its dominion is confined to the airwaves. With Theresa May’s tweaked deal ruled out for a
- UNEA: The most important environmental meeting that most people have never heard of
As I write, delegates are starting to arrive in Nairobi for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). The Assembly starts in earnest on Monday 11th
- Podcast: The Security Council’s role in addressing climate-related security risks
With climate change increasingly being seen as a security issue, there is a question about what role the United Nations Security Council could and should
- In praise of small ‘b’ bureaucracy
Stick with me here, but I’m going to try to argue that for those working in international development, bureaucracy is something to lean into, rather
- Erik Solheim: what he got right, what he got wrong, and what the new UN Environment chief should do next
Make no mistake, when Erik Solheim resigned as head of UN Environment on 20th November 2018, less than two and a half years into what
- Are humanitarians going green?
In 2018, a staggering 141 million people across the world required humanitarian assistance. With the need for aid far outstripping available resources, it is no
- The Brumadinho mine tailing collapse: an avoidable disaster
The collapse of the Brumadinho mine tailings dam in Minas Gerais state in Brazil on 25th January was a triple tragedy. First, of course, is