This new research report by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) investigates to what extent the 15 current member states of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) perceive climate change as a threat to their own security and security worldwide and to what extent they integrate the climate change-security nexus – the multiple security threats posed by climate change – into their domestic and foreign policies and their respective positions in the UN.
The analysis, which was elaborated with the support of a large international and interdisciplinary scientific network during the period December 2019 to April 2020, employs a broad understanding of security and focuses on traditional security actors as well as state actors.
The Research Report was produced within the framework of the project "The role of climate change in security conceptions and perceptions of the UNSC member states", which was supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The project was a cooperation between the IFSH and the Research Group Climate Change and Security at the University of Hamburg. It contains detailed research findings that served as a basis for the previously-published IFSH Policy Brief #5, "A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States' Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus."
[This text was provided by the IFSH.]