The conference Planetary Security: Peace and Cooperation in Times of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges was held at the Peace Palace in The Hague on 2-3 November 2015. Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it brought together practitioners and experts from the defense, aid, and foreign policy community to discuss the impact of climate change and other global environmental challenges on security.
The first World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. It is an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and managed by UN OCHA. Source: World Humanitarian Summit
"I believe because all of us know that combating global warming is more than just an environmental matter..." Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development President, in the opening speech of COP21 in Paris Le Bourget on 30 November 2015
Acknowledging that climate change is a global threat to security in the 21st century, the Dutch government has convened an international conference on Planetary Security on 2-3 November 2015 in the Hague. The aim of the conference was to facilitate strategic exchange on existing foreign policy and security architecture.
India is all set to host the first ever SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) disaster management exercise between November 23rd and 26th. For the first time, the countries of South Asia have undertaken an initiative to build interoperability among the SAARC nations to carry out joint disaster response operations by cooperating and coordinating with each other.
Climate change is a global threat to national as well as human security. The WorldRiskReport 2015 highlights the urgency of addressing climate change and the compound risk factors it is linked to.
The WorldRiskReport 2015 systematically assesses the vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards of 171 countries around the world. Published yearly by the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works) and the United Nations Univeristy, the 2015 report highlights in particular the linkages between food (in)security and disaster risk.
In a commanding speech at Old Dominion University this week, Secretary Kerry announced a dramatic step toward integrating climate and security into U.S. foreign policy.
Named by Peruvian fishermen because of its tendency to appear around Christmastime, El Niño is the planet’s most large-scale and recurring mode of climate variability. Every 2-7 years, a slackening of trade winds that push sun-warmed water across the Pacific contributes to a rise in water temperature across large parts of the ocean.
Influential finance body is mainstreaming climate concerns in move that could spotlight threats to oil exporters, say experts
How do you avoid that the urgent always takes priority over the important? In the coming decades, we may see climate change destabilizing conflict regions, fueling new conflicts, and undermining progress on development. Climate change is thus increasingly a global threat to security. The Foreign Ministers of France and Germany co-hosted a high-level discussion on September 30 during the United Nations General Assembly on how foreign policy can address these risks.