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African-German Leadership Academy founded

Between 26 and 7 May 2021, a shortened digital pilot of the newly founded African-German Leadership Academy was hosted by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). DIE’s Director, Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge introduces the Academy in a short video.

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International Day for Biological Diversity – To save biodiversity, transform the economy

Every year on 22 May, the United Nations celebrate The International Day for Biological Diversity to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Jean Carlo Rodríguez de Francisco and Ina Lehmann explain why the CBD and its state parties should urgently address economic growth and why the resetting of economies after the COVID-19 pandemic and the UN Biodiversity conference in October might provide an important window of opportunity.

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A future model for the global common good. Seven principles to guide German development policy

In the run-up to the federal elections, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) will be publishing a special series of the Current Column under the title “Impulses for the Bundestag Elections” over the next few months. To kick off the series, Prof. Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge and Prof. Dr Imme Scholz outline guidelines for German development policy in the 21st century.

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Food Systems Summit Brief: Addressing Food Crises in Violent Conflicts

Food insecurity and hunger continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. In the context of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021, BICC researchers published a briefing paper that looks at the multiple dimensions between current food crises and violent conflicts and identifies four key areas for a comprehensive response that addresses food insecurity and violent conflict.

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Slow-onset events: a review of the evidence from the IPCC Special Reports on Land, Oceans and Cryosphere

This paper reviews the evidence on slow-onset events presented in the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), both published in 2019. It analyses how the reports, and recent literature cited in them, deal with the eight types of slow-onset events, specified by the UNFCCC.

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Risk perception of climate change and natural hazards in globalmountain regions: A critical review

Mountains are highly sensitive to climate change. Their elevated areas provide essential ecosystem services both for the surrounding mountainous regions and particularly for adjacent lowlands. Impacts of a warmer climate affect these services and have negative consequences on the supply of water, on biodiversity and on protection from natural hazards.

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Rethinking urban heat stress: Assessing risk and adaptation options across socioeconomic groups in Bonn, Germany

With climate change and socioeconomic trends expected to exacerbate the risk of urban heat stress, implementing adaptation measures is paramount to limit adverse impacts of heat on urban inhabitants. Identification of the best options needs to be based on sound, localised assessments of risk, understood as the interaction of hazard, exposure and vulnerability. Yet a review of the literature reveals that minimal research to date considers the perceived impacts of heat among urban residents.

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“Sustainability – Looking beyond 2030”: UNU-EHS and Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research start new event series

UNU- EHS and the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research are launching a new series of interactive workshops and dialogue formats to pave the way for scientific contributions to a “Looking beyond 2030” perspective in sustainability. The series will begin with an expert workshop on “Revisiting Sustainability” in July, 2021, in which key members of the Bonn-based community engaged in the sustainability field are invited to discuss the theoretical and practical frameworks in sustainability science and policy. The series was developed as part of UNU-EHS’ emerging initiative Wellbeing, Sustainability and Equity (WiSE) Transformation and invites thematic engagement in future-oriented sustainability.

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