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Climate Change, World & Regional Order: OSCE Security Days & Planetary Security Initiative

Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, Co-Directors of the Center for Climate and Security, on a panel on Syria at the Planetary Security Conference, the Hague, 2-3 November, 2015

Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, Co-Directors of the Center for Climate and Security, on the panel “Analysis of Syria: Lessons Learned” at the Planetary Security Conference, the Hague, 2 November, 2015

All eyes are on the international climate negotiations at the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. However, the risks associated with a changing climate are so far-reaching, that it will take a broad range of international, regional, national and sub-national institutions to address them. These institutions will have to conceive of and implement actions that go well beyond what is agreed in Paris this month.

In this context, two conferences – one hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and one by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – were held in late October/ early November, respectively. Among other objectives, a question both of these conferences sought to answer was: “Since climate change poses significant risks to international security, what can be done to make our governance systems more resilient?” (more…)

OSCE Climate and Security Event: Unprecedented Impacts, Unpredictable Risks

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Photo by Immanuel Giel

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Photo by Immanuel Giel

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is hosting an event in Vienna, Austria on October 28th focusing on climate change and security. This is part of the Security Days series. Registration and further details are listed below. The draft agenda, concept note and registration form are available on the OSCE Security Days webpage. The event will also be webcast.  (more…)

OSCE Launches Challenge to Visualize Climate and Security Risks

800px-2013_colorado_floods_natl_guardThe Organization for Security and Co-ooperation in Europe (OSCE) has just launched a contest to find an image and tagline to visualize the security risks of climate change. Distilling the complex interlinkages between climate change and security to a single image is certainly a challenge! Additional information from the OSCE website is listed below. Deadline for entry is September 22.  (more…)

USOSCE on Climate Change as the Paramount Existential Security Threat

USOSCE_finalMichael Camuñez, Assistant Secretary, at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Helsinki Commissioner, recently spoke about the risks of climate change at a preparatory meeting for the Economic and Environmental Forum in Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  During his speech, Assistant Secretary Camuñez noted that climate change was “the paramount existential security threat facing us all today.” (more…)