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December 2015

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Welcome to the December issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or directly to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk

A just response to climate change violence

"Our ideas about justice are adequate for thinking about the violence of the climate wars that are beginning to erupt, but not adequate for thinking about the violence of climate change, which causes those wars in the first place."

Saferworld and the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law are running a blog series exploring the links between conflict dynamics and injustice. In the second blog post, Dr. Jason Hickel writes about a just response to climate change violence, arguing that climate variations will not merely result in violence in the future, but are already themselves a form of violence being waged upon habitats and livelihoods, predominantly in the global South.

UK aid and the Strategic Defence and Security Review

"To address the causes of conflict effectively, the UK will need to look well beyond aid towards leveraging the whole of the government, both overseas and at home."

Last week the UK Government affirmed new commitments to work on conflict and instability with its Strategic Defence and Security Review. It was announced that the Department for International Development will spend at least half its budget on fragile and conflict-affected parts of the world during every year of the current parliament.

These commitments raise important questions about a whole-of-government approach to preventing conflict and whether there is enough political leadership to maintain policy coherence when security, geopolitical and commercial interests do not align with what is needed for long-term stability and conflict prevention.

Finally! A peace policy for Kenya

"The need for a national framework to guide efforts to prevent conflict and build peace in Kenya cannot be overstated."

Kenya's long history of inter-ethnic tension, land conflict and election-related violence has left the country with a long way to go before being considered peaceful. In this comment piece, Saferworld's Maria Osula argues that the recent adoption of Kenya's long-awaited peace policy is a welcome step towards better coordinated efforts at building peace.

UNSCR1325: a useful tool for activists?

In an article originally published by the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) in Peace in Progress magazine, Hannah Wright assesses the efficacy of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 as a tool for women activists working for peace.

Event: Federalism, conflict and fragmentation in Yemen

If you missed our event on federalism and conflict in Yemen, a transcript of the event is available on our website and an audio recording is on YouTube.

The dangers of the EU's quick fix approach to migration

In response to the large number of refugees and migrants travelling from Africa to Europe, the EU and its member states have come under increasing pressure to respond.

Kloe Tricot O'Farrell urges them to prioritise long-term development and peacebuilding to tackle the root causes of migration and forced displacement, rather than quick wins that are unlikely to yield sustainable results.

Submission to the International Development Committee's Inquiry on the Sustainable Development Goals

In our submission to the UK International Development Committee's inquiry on the Sustainable Development Goals, we stress the need to prioritise peace given its critical role in promoting sustainable development.

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