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Collaboration vital to tackle climate change, conflict and food security


Collaboration vital to tackle climate change, conflict and food security

A workshop taking place this week, 22-23 October, aims to find research solutions to the detrimental impact of the combination of conflict and climate change.

In the past year, 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, northern Nigeria, and Somalia reached the brink of famine – a development that the global humanitarian and development community widely described as being due in great part to the combination of conflict and climate change.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) workshop – Conflict, climate change and disruptions in food and water systems – aims to encourage collaboration across sectors to identify and asses challenges in the context of climate change, violent conflict, and disruptions in food and water systems and offer solutions that will create effective policy responses to offset the possibility of disruption as well as building resilience to disruptions should they come to pass.

The two-day workshop in New York will build on the recent publications of the United Nations (UN) Integrated Strategy for the Sahel Support Plan and the UN Resilience Framework,  and focus discussion around the four sub-themes of: tipping points; governance; gender dynamics; and shock-responsive data.

Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI's) Arts and Humanities Research Council and Champion of GCRF and Newton Fund, opened the workshop along with Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa at the UNDP.

Through GCRF, UKRI is growing and nurturing new networks and partnerships; ensuring research plays a critical role in achieving sustainable development goals, tackling global challenges and improving quality of life for people in developing nations and beyond.

The workshop is an example of UKRI’s vision that international collaboration is key to ensuring world-leading research and development, and global challenges require global solutions, across nations and disciplines. Find out more about our international work by following the hashtag #UKRIGlobal on Twitter.

Further information

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. 


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