Photo: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.Photo: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

New report on scarcity and climate change

2/4/2011 // Climate change and resource scarcity have the potential to pose an existential challenge to globalization. A new scientific report, produced with financial backing from Norway, is highlighting the need for effective multilateral institutions.

With financial support from the governments of Norway and Denmark, NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has launched a research program on resource scarcity, climate change and multilateralism. The program's first report "Globalization and Scarcity: Multilateralism for a world with limits", was published last month and debated at a public event this week in New York.

As climate change gathers pace and as key resources become scarse, the need for effective global institutions becomes urgent. The world faces old and new security challenges that are more complex than our multilateral and national institutions are currently capable of managing.

CIC's program is designed to contribute to this agenda by asking what kinds of multilateral reform and innovation are needed to meet the challenge of scarcity and climate change. The program will explore both international institutional issues, and the on-the-ground challenges that scarcity and climate pose in low income countries and fragile states.   

The next two years will be a key moment for this agenda, with challenging political contexts matched by potentially breakthrough opportunities on both the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) climate process and the twentieth anniversary Rio conference in 2012. 

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