QUNO demonstrates the relationship between climate change and the core Quaker concerns of peace and justice. We draw on our expertise and experience in other policy areas such as human rights, food, sustainability and peacebuilding in order to develop new perspectives on climate change impacts and responses.
QUNO’s work in this area evolved out of a concern for the effect of climate change on patterns of migration. QUNO currently sits on the Consultative Committee of the Nansen Initiative, a state-led process working toward a Protection Agenda for people displaced across national borders as a result of disasters and the effects of climate change. QUNO works to highlight the human rights implications of climate change at both the UNFCCC and the Human Rights Council (see the statement we delivered on human rights and the environment and our report on small-scale farmers, the right to food and climate change).
Climate change has been identified as a threat multiplier and an intensifier of conflicts over natural resources such as water. We support QUNO’s work on Natural Resources, Conflict and Cooperation, which takes a conflict prevention and peacebuilding approach to natural resource management, encouraging dialogue, cooperation and the constructive handling of conflicts.