Areas of Work

Climate Change, Peace and Justice

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. 

Recent Timeline Events

October 2018

IPCC presents its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C

In October, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in Incheon, South Korea, to present its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C, and to work with States to finalize the Report’s Summary for Policy Makers. The full Report took nearly two years to prepare, included 91 authors and review editors from 40 countries, contributions from thousands of expert and government reviewers, and cited over 6,000 scientific references. 

QUNO was an expert reviewer and was present at the IPCC meeting in Incheon. We worked with scientists to engage negotiators, and made four interventions to strengthen what we considered significant research findings in the Report. This included findings that human behavior change, including diets, consumption and land-use, would make profound contributions to reducing GHG emissions, and reduce a reliance on geo-engineering that remain unproven on a large scale. QUNO calls for personal witness alongside political engagement with decision makers, to ensure humanity acts in time to protect the most vulnerable, and all future generations, from catastrophic climate change. Our summary with highlights from the report and QUNO's perspective is available below.

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August 2018

Read QUNO's latest Geneva Reporter newsletter

The latest issue of the QUNO Geneva newsletter features: perspectives on the recently concluded negotiations for a Global Compact on Migration, a brief overview of the current state of international nuclear disarmament discussion, an update on our work on climate change, and a QUNO Q&A  with Rhiannon Redpath.

The full publication is available online below.

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September 2017

QUNO attends 46th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Under the Friends World Committee for Consultation, QUNO is now an accredited observer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This official observer status enables us to nominate authors and engage in the development of IPCC Reports, which provide decision makers worldwide with the most extensive collection of climate science research.

QUNO prioritizes inclusion of research on climate justice and sustainable behavior/economic systems in addressing the root causes of anthropogenic climate change. During the 46th Session of the IPCC, held in Montreal Canada from 6-10 September, QUNO encouraged research on the role of lifestyle/behavior/consumption change, sustainable economies in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.

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