Environment & Development Resource Centre

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Promoting global sustainable development that is
environmentally sound, socially just and respectful of cultural diversity.

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Second meeting on UNited for Climate Justice convened in Brussels

The second meeting of the steering committee in the project UNited for Climate Justice was held in Brussels on 24-25 June 2019. The meeting was convened to further the planning for the conference on climate justice to be held on 20 September 2019 in New York ahead of the extraordinary UN Climate Action Summit, 21-23 September under the motto “A race we can win!”

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OSCE Security Day conference focuses on Sustainable Development Goals

The theme of this year's OSCE Security Day conference on 4 June 2019 was “The OSCE and the Sustainable Development Goals” including the role of the OSCE working with others to contribute to sustainable peace, security and development.

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EDRC Represented at 71st Conference on World Affairs

Alexander Verbeek calls on American students to work with Europeans to fight climate change in the session on “Saving the Planet: All Countries on Deck”.

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10th BDCD meeting addresses security implications of climate change

Addressing the security implication of a changing climate requires an all-of-government and an all-of-society approach. This event examined how the military and defence community can play an important role in an integrated approach.

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Focus on Climate Justice

EDRC is working with partners to organise a high-level side event on climate justice ahead of UN Climate Summit in New York in September 2019 and a follow-up conference in Brussels later this year.

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Implementing European Climate and Security Policies

The 9th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy was co-organised by EDRC and GLOBE-EU at the European Parliament on 9 April 2019 in association with the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

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EDRC convenes two workshops on Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges

The events were aimed toward setting up a new Transatlantic Environment Forum

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Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy

EDRC representatives attended a lecture by Joseph Stiglitz presenting "Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy" on 21 March 2019 in Brussels ahead of our workshop on Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges on 22 March.

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8th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue looks at "EU and UN Action on Climate Diplomacy – The Year Ahead"

Climate change and its effects are already proving to be a threat to international security. Extreme consequences are already affecting many people’s livelihoods and biodiversity on the planet. This event looked at what the EU and the UN have been doing and what they are planning for 2019 and beyond.

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Nobel Peace Prize Forum events address “Solving the Climate Crisis in Time: From Climate Destabilization to Climate Security”

"How to Solve the Climate Crisis?" was the title of the keynote speech by Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

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The Future of Transatlantic Relations discussed at Brussels Experts Workshop

Experts discuss how the Trump administration's policy have impacted transatlantic relations and multi-lateralism in various areas and what consequences the EU should draw. The meeting was hosted by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union office on 4 December 2018.

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BDCD / EDRC Delegation visits OSCE

Representatives of five organisations participating in the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Change (BDCD) were invited to an informal meeting of the Vienna Security Salon on 30 November 2018. The theme of the meeting “Climate and Security: An Issue for the OSCE?”

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Climate and security – what is Germany doing?

The consequences of climate change threaten to deprive people of their livelihoods and thereby become a danger to international security

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7th BDCD Examines Pros and Cons of a Multistakholder approach to Climate Change Governance

Dr Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Center on Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts, Boston was the guest speaker at the 7th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy held at the European External Action Service on 27 September 2018.

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6th BDCD focuses on the Role of the Military in addressing Climate Change & Security

The 6th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD), organised by EDRC, was hosted by the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels on 28 June 2018.

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Events


Upcoming Events

Title Date Location
The Climate-Security Nexus: Implications for Military Personnel 23 Oct 2019
Working Together for Climate Justice 08 Nov 2019

Past Events

Title Date Location
Addressing the Security Implications of Climate Change 14 May 2019 Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union
Implementing European Climate and Security Policies 09 Apr 2019 European Parliament, Brussels
Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges -II 01 Apr 2019 Hoover Institution, Washington, D.C.
Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges - I 22 Mar 2019 Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels
EU and UN Action on Climate Diplomacy – The Year Ahead 23 Jan 2019 Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels
Pros and Cons of a Multistakholder approach to Climate Change Governance 27 Sep 2018 European External Action Service, Brussels
Role of the Military in addressing Climate Change & Security 28 Jun 2018 Center Albert Borchette, Brussels
Presentation of the EU Council Conclusions Climate Diplomacy 09 Mar 2018 NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Brussels
Enhancing Climate Diplomacy in a Changing Political Environment 20 Nov 2017 ACP Secretariat, Brussels

Mission


The Stichting Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) was established in Amsterdam in 1991 as a non-profit foundation.

Its aim is to contribute to the achievement of global sustainable development that is environmentally sound, socially just and respectful of cultural diversity.

EDRC also serves as a catalyst for new initiatives to redress shortcomings in the international environment-development policy-making process. The Centre acts as an independent 'honest-broker', carrying out and commissioning innovative studies, promoting co-operation between the environment and development movements, between researchers and activists, and between NGOs and decision makers.

Our sister organisation, the International Association EDRC, was established in Brussels in 1988 and operated until 1998. The association's membership consisted of individuals working primarily on international policy issues that have significant implications both for environment and for development. It was their shared conviction that neither area of concern can be effectively addressed in isolation from the other, and that, together, they should be at the centre of political debate on international economic, financial and trade relations - especially South-North and East-West relations.



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Mission Mission

Current Activities


Integrating Development, Environment and Security - The IDEAS action programme

In 2019 EDRC launched its new 3 - year action programme: Integrating Development, Environment and Security (IDEAS).

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Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy

The Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) is an informal network for the exchange of information and promotion of cooperation among European institutions, international organisations, think-tanks and NGOs active in the nexus between climate change and international, national, human and environmental security.

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Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges

Through new ways of learning from each other, of pooling our knowledge and creating new innovative dialogues between environmental experts and policy makers we can increase the effectiveness of our separate - and also common - efforts.

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UNited for Climate Justice

Ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September 2019, EDRC is working together with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and other partners in a project to analyse the relationship between climate change and inequality and put forward recommendations for increased coordinated action by a diverse range of international, regional, national and local organisations.

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Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change

The GMACCC is a global network of serving and retired military officers, and associated institutions, committed to highlighting the potential security implications of a changing climate and advocating action, including by the military, to minimise the risks.

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Previous Activities


Planetary Security Initiative

Planetary Security Initiative

Peace and Cooperation in Times of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges

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Institute for Environmental Security

Institute for Environmental Security

Promoting political attention to environmental security as a means to help safeguard essential conditions for peace and sustainable development

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COBRA Project

COBRA Project

Showcasing indigenous solutions for the management of natural resources that could in turn inspire development policies and projects

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EFFACE Project

EFFACE Project

European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime

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IRIS Programme

IRIS Programme

International Research and Information Service for Sustainable Development

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ERICA Programme

ERICA Programme

Europe's Role in International Community Action on Environmental Aspects of North-South Economic Relations

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ORCHIS Programme

ORCHIS Programme

Promoting an Integrated Approach in Relations between the EU and the Amazon Pact Countries

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ACACIA Programme

ACACIA Programme

Capacity Building for Sustainable Development

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OUR TEAM


Ronald A. Kingham

Executive Director

Ron is co-founder and Executive Director of the EDRC where he also co-coordinates the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy.

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Alexander Verbeek

Policy Director

Alexander leads EDRC's policy work and co-coordinates the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy.

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Jeannette E. Mullaart

Research Coordinator

Jeannette is EDRC’s Research Coordinator currently focused on our work on climate justice.

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Auset Mitchell

Programme Assistant

Auset, from the U.S., assists in EDRC’s educational, research and programme activities on climate change and security.

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Maria Dzurik

Communication Assistant

Maria, from the U.S. and based in Sweden, assists with EDRC's communications and outreach work.

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Nicolò Fasola

Programme Assistant

Nicolò, from Italy, assists with research and educational activities in our work for the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change.

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Nishat Kazmi

Research Associate

Nishat is based in Pakistan where he assists in GMACCC's programme, research and educational work on climate change and security

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Olivia Lazard

Research Associate

Olivia, from France, advises EDRC in its work on environmental security issues

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Jack Saynor

Education Associate

Jack is an associate of EDRC contributing to forward planning for the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change

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Philippe Rekacewicz

Information Associate

Philippe is a geographer, cartographer and information designer based in southern Norway

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Harris Gleckman

Senior Advisor

Harris is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston. He advises EDRC on global governance and democracy issues

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Valerie Ndaruzaniye

Senior Advisor

Valerie is an expert in multidisciplinary approaches to environment, development and peace issues

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Nasser Yassin

Senior Advisor

Nasser is the Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and professor of policy and planning at the Health Management and Policy Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

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Patrice Yamba

Senior Advisor

Patrice has over 30 years’ experience in Remote Sensing & GIS Applications and in management and coordination of multidisciplinary projects

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Recent Publications


Reinforcing Environmental Dimensions of European Foreign and Security Policy

By: Marianne Kettunen (IEEP), Dominique Noome (Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change – GMACCC) and Johanna Nyman (IEEP)

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Climate Change and International Security

Resource Guide – 2017 Consolidated Edition

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