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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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.


Articles and publications

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


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


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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