The German Federal Foreign Office, in partnership with adelphi, will host a side-event to look into the security risks brought about by climate change, the roles that can be taken up by UN bodies and the distinct vulnerability of Small Island Developing States to climate-security risks.
Climate change is a growing threat to international peace and security. The rise of extreme weather events, droughts, and water scarcity, often in areas with transboundary waters, can aggravate already fragile situations and amplify conflicts. Rising sea levels can endanger the existence of whole nations.
Yet while climate change is increasingly shaping the international security landscape, the international community is still often lacking the tools for systematically analyzing the security implications of climate change in specific regions, as well as a clear vision as to what roles different parts of the UN can and should play in building resilience against these impacts. Critical questions include:
The panel will specifically focus on the situation of Small Island Developing States which are particularly vulnerable to climate-security risks.
Germany is committed to advancing the climate-security agenda during its membership in the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020. With Nauru as co-chair Germany launched a Group of Friends on Climate and Security on 1 August 2018. The initiative is being supported by an international expert network.
The event will take place on 14 December 2018 from 12:00-13:30.
Light lunch and drinks will be served.
Moderation: Camilla Born - Senior Policy Advisor, E3G