Increased engagement in international organisations

In a new study, researchers from Mistra Geopolitics and Stockholm University find increasing engagement with adaptation in climate change by 30 major international organisations.

International Organizations and Climate Change Adaptation: A new dataset for the social scientific study of adaptation, 1990–2017
is the first to quantify and examine international organisations’ engagement with climate adaptation.

“The study’s evidence confirms earlier case studies suggesting that organisations like the International Organisation for Migration and World Health Organisation have increasingly integrated adaptation in their governance portfolios. Our dataset enables more large-scale and comparative analysis of global adaptation governance across time, issue areas, geographical regions and international organisations,” said lead-author Lisa Dellmuth, associate professor of International Relations at Stockholm University, and co-lead of the Mistra Geopolitics PhD research school.

The study’s principal insights are twofold. First, with striking consistency, engagement with adaptation prevails for the 30 organisations examined across world regions and across nine non-climate issue areas: disaster risks, global development banking, migration, health, regional cooperation, development, food and agriculture, peace and security, trade and economy. That these very different organisations nowadays all govern adaptation is a conundrum that researchers have yet to better understand.

Second, the study observes a dramatic increase of adaptation engagement in 2007 after the 2007 IPCC report on adaptation and the Bali Action Plan. This finding suggests that world society has experienced major growth in global adaptation governance and its measurability over the past 15 years.

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