Tomorrow's Crises Today: Rio - fighting in the favelas

UN Habitat and IRIN | | September 2010


'The sheer scale and chaotic construction of the favelas, which became home to hundreds of thousands of migrants, made them the ideal milieu for drug gangs to hide from the police and set up initially paternalistic, de-facto governments, albeit without any concrete political aims.'

This report explores the human insecurity issues that stem from rapid urbanisation, poverty, cultures of violence and ineffective governance.

The Great Transition

Issues:Climate change, Competition over resources, Marginalisation

Humanity appears caught in a trap with no way out. ‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option. However, halting and reversing our consumption of more and more ‘stuff’ appears likely to trigger a massive depression with serious unemployment and poverty. This is certainly true if all we do is ‘apply the brakes’ without fundamentally redesigning the whole economic system.

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Global Warring

Issues:Climate change, Competition over resources

In Global Warring: how environmental, economic and political crises will redraw the world map, Cleo Paskal combines climate research and interviews with geopolitical strategists and military planners, to identify the environmental problems that are most likely to start wars, destroy economies and create failed states.  Read more »

Himalayan Sub-regional Cooperation for Water Security

Issues:Climate change, Competition over resources

Trans-boundary collaboration over the issue of shared water is critical since water is scarce in most areas. Today, the Himalayan region is facing severe water stresses. To overcome the challenge, there is a need to promote Himalayan Sub-Regional cooperation to ensure water security and a climate of peace and progress. There is no alternative to cooperation in view of the retreat of glaciers, resulting decline in river flows in parts of the region and flooding in other parts, tectonic changes in the Himalayan region, threat to food security and the risk of increase in inequity. Read more »

Climate Change: Impact on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation

Various | International Food Policy Research Institute | September 2009

Issues:Climate change, Competition over resources

This Food Policy Report presents research results that quantify climate-change impacts, assess the consequences for food security and estimate the investments that would offset the negative consequences for human well-being. Read more »

World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change

Issue:Climate change

The World Development 2010 climate Change Report published in September outlines how a 2 degree centigrade rise in global temperature would likely cost Africa 4% of GDP whilst the impact on India would be %5 of GDP. Read more »

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The Three Pillars of Sustainable National Security in a Transnational World

Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan | Geneva Centre for Security Policy | September 2009

In today's transnational world, a sustainable national security policy cannot be achieved through national capabilities alone. Read more »

Beyond dependence and Legacy: Sustainable Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chris Abbott and Thomas Phipps | Oxford Research Group | June 2009

Issues:Competition over resources, Marginalisation


Sub-Saharan Africa is too readily dismissed from the outside, but the regional perception is often one of optimism. It is an area rich in natural resources: ranging from oil and natural gas to other minerals such as chrome, nickel and zinc. Nearly half the population are under the age of 14, making the region free from the demographic burden of an ageing workforce prevalent in other parts of the world. Read more »