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

Webinar
World Forum for Democracy “Can Democracy save the environment” 8-10 November 2021 – International IDEA’s Secretary-General spoke at the Democracy Forum.

Articles and publications

Oct 20 2021
Publication
Democracy and the Challenges of Climate Change: Discussion Paper
Oct 08 2021
Article
Democracy and the Challenges of Climate Change
Sep 29 2021
Article
Constitutionalizing Institutions for a Safer Environment: Examples from Kenya, Brazil and Hungary
Jun 29 2021
Article
Why democracy is the key ingredient to battling climate change
Apr 24 2021
Article
Climate Change and Democracy: Building momentum for innovative way to address climate change
May 11 2020
Publication
Parliaments and Crisis: Challenges and Innovation

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