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 poses an existential threat for humanity and has become the defining issue of our time. The outcome of the climate crisis will depend on whether democracies can drastically reduce their carbon footprints in the coming years.

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
The Secretary-General of International IDEA, Kevin Casas-Zamora, will moderate the high-level panel "Addressing the climate crisis and protecting the future of democracy" on Monday 23 May of the 2022 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development.
Webinar
World Forum for Democracy “Can Democracy save the environment” 8-10 November 2021 – International IDEA’s Secretary-General spoke at the Democracy Forum.
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
Sep 16 2021
Webinar
Constitutionalizing Institutions for a Safer Environment webinar
Oct 06 2021
Webinar
Parliaments, Climate Change, and Intergenerational Justice

Articles and publications

Apr 05 2018
Publication
Political parties and natural resource governance - a practical guide for developing resource policy positions
Aug 20 2015
Publication
Oil and Natural Gas: Constitutional Frameworks for the Middle East and North Africa
Aug 07 2017
Publication
Enhancing Natural Resource Governance in Africa
May 11 2020
Publication
Parliaments and Crisis: Challenges and Innovation
Publication
Parliaments Good Environmental Practices (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
Oct 20 2021
Publication
Democracy and the Challenges of Climate Change: Discussion Paper

Podcasts

Battling climate change with the rule of law

How will climate change impact on global democracy?

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