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High Level Climate, Peace and Security Event Summary

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EU External Action Service High level event on Climate, Peace and Security, Friday, 22 June in Palais d’Egmont, Brussels

This is a crosspost from the Planetary Security Initiative

Taking Action on Climate Security: An unprecedented high level event in Brussels

On 22 June, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini hosted an unprecedented high level event – Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action. The meeting highlighted the urgency and the need to tackle the risk that climate change poses to security and peace. The focus of the debate was on the need to introduce policy change to integrate the climate-security nexus into risks analysis, policies and missions. Ahead of the meeting PSI published two publications, one focusing on how the EU can implement a responsibility to prepare and one on what the EU can do to address the climate-security nexus in Iraq and Mali(more…)

RELEASE: At Critical Juncture for the EU, Experts Unveil “Europe’s Responsibility to Prepare” Framework for Climate and Security

Europes Responsibility to Prepare_Cover ImageRELEASE: At a Critical Juncture for the EU, Experts Unveil “Europe’s Responsibility to Prepare (R2 Prepare)” Framework for Managing Security Risks of Climate Change

Brussels, Belgium – In advance of a critical meeting of European Union (EU) security leaders on June 22, which marks the 10th anniversary of the EU’s landmark report on climate change and security, two leading think tanks have released a report outlining a new framework for the European Union to transform its response to the security risks of climate change.

In “Europe’s Responsibility to Prepare: Managing Climate Security Risks in a Changing World”, the Center for Climate and Security (based in Washington, DC) and the Clingendael Institute (based in The Hague) argue that the security threats of climate change should be more routinely integrated into EU institutions at a senior level and be elevated alongside other ‘traditional’ security issues like terrorism and nuclear threats. As the EU’s conflict prevention mechanisms are making progress in better-addressing climate risks, the report gives detailed recommendations on what a response scaled to the threat of climate change across EU bodies could look like. (more…)