Building on the high-level political Part I of BCSC 2020 and the launch of the Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment, Part II of the conference runs from September 7 to October 2. It brings together the climate-security community of practice and aims to inform policies and programming on the ground, including the Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment led by adelphi and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
The conference features a diverse and engaging programme of 22 partner-led online sessions, on themes selected to further the understanding of, and ability to address specific aspects of climate change and security which urgently need deeper exploration. Topics include how to better use data in climate security risk assessments, urban climate-security risks, integration of gender into responses to climate-security risks, and migration and displacement in the context of climate change and conflict. Events are hosted by adelphi, the Berghof Foundation, CCCPA, Chatham House, Clingendael, the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, the German Red Cross, the International Development Law Organization, the IRC, the Munich Security Conference, PIK, the Red Cross Crescent Climate Centre, UNEP, and the UNSSC.
Our world is highly interconnected via human mobility, trade, supply and value chains, business operations, financial flows and information networks. Systematic risks, characterised by cross-sectoral cascading impacts that reverberate across geographical and political boundaries, are increasingly being recognised. Such risks are likely to result from a chain-sequence of interconnected failures, and will be greatest where there are high levels of interconnectedness and interdependence, exposures, hazards, and vulnerability.
This workshop brings together academics, researchers, as well as national and international policy makers to discuss the extent to which direct, indirect and systematic climate change risks have been included in international policies, and how successful – and unsuccessful – this has been. Furthermore, the workshop aims to address near-term opportunities for further collaboration to ensure that future policies fully consider climate change risks.
• Oli Brown, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
• Clarice Wilson, Strategic Planning Advisor, UNDP
• Richard Smith-Bingham, Executive Director, Insights, Marsh & McLennan Advantage
• Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment, Council on Foreign Relations, formerly National Security Council, the White House