Democracy and Climate Change

Democracy and climate change

What does climate change mean for democracy? How can democracies mitigate and adapt to climate change, and ensure a just transition?
 

Climate change already has an impact on democratic governance through its effects on food security, conflicts, water scarcity, migration and natural disasters, and among other consequences. Democracies need to formulate and put in place effective responses to climate change to respond to the needs of the current and future generations.

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Statements

Statement by Kevin Casas-Zamora

IDEA Statement at the Stockholm+50: A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity

Fifty years ago, the UN Conference on the Human Environment agreed on the first generation of “common principles to inspire and guide the peoples of the world in the preservation and enhancement of the human environment.

Amanda Sourek

"Our Common Agenda" - Thematic Consultation 2 on Accelerating the SDGs Through Sustainable Financing and Building Trust

On 14 February 2022, International IDEA delivered a statement in the margins of the UN GA sessions Accelerating the SDGs Through Sustainable Financing and Building Trust, Protecting Our Planet and Being Prepared for the Future.

Mr Luis Consuegra

“Our Common Agenda”, Thematic Consultation 4 - Protecting our planet and being prepared for the future

On 4 March 2022, International IDEA delivered a statement at the Our Common Agenda Thematic Consultation 4 - Protecting our planet and being prepared for the future.

Events

May 23 2022
Webinar
Addressing the climate crisis and protecting the future of democracy
2022 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development
Oct 28 2021
Webinar
Launch of Democracy and the Challenges of Climate Change Discussion Paper
Oct 06 2021
Webinar
Parliaments, Climate Change, and Intergenerational Justice
Sep 16 2021
Webinar
Constitutionalizing Institutions for a Safer Environment webinar
May 12 2021
Webinar
Global Virtual Conference on Catalysing Parliamentary Action to Fight Climate Change - part 2
May 11 2021
Webinar
Global Virtual Conference on Catalysing Parliamentary Action to Fight Climate Change - part 1

Articles and publications

Nov 03 2022
Article
How hurricanes threaten U.S. elections and why more flexible voting is needed
Hurricane Ian approaching Florida
Sep 01 2022
Article
The Impact of Natural Hazards on Elections
The Impact of Natural Hazards on Elections
Sep 01 2022
Publication
The Impact of Natural Hazards on Haiti’s 2010 Presidential and Legislative Elections
The Impact of Natural Hazards on Haiti’s 2010 Presidential and Legislative Elections
Sep 01 2022
Publication
Cyclones and their Effects on the 2019 Elections in Mozambique
Cyclones and their Effects on the 2019 Elections in Mozambique
Sep 01 2022
Publication
Wildfire and Elections in California
Wildfire and Elections in California
Mar 29 2022
Publication
Corporate Political Responsibility: Mobilizing the Private Sector for Political Integrity

Podcasts

Battling climate change with the rule of law

How will climate change impact on global democracy?

Peer-to-Peer Trailer: The impact of natural disasters on elections

IDEA in the News

IDEA in the News

Kevin Casas-Zamora,  Secretary-General at International IDEA, interviewed by Bloomberg on the challenge climate change brings to democracies, at Bloomberg (starting 27:06).

Why democracy is the key ingredient to battling climate change

Democracies that fail to act on climate change face 'existential' threat

Contacts

KEVIN CASAS-ZAMORA, Secretary-General at International IDEA

Expertise: Global overview of democracy, consequences for democracy in general, geopolitics, civil liberties, Latin America

Languages: English, Spanish

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ALISTAIR SCRUTTON, Head of Communications

Contact the Head of Communications for all press inquiries.

Tel: +46 707 211 098 / Email:  a.scrutton@idea.int