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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…)
The close of 2017 demonstrated that attention to the security risks of climate change has grown significantly on the international stage. The annual international climate security gathering, the Planetary Security Conference (PSC for the acronym-inclined), took place in The Hague on December 12-13, and was immediately followed by a UN Security Council dialogue on climate and security on December 15, chaired by the Italian government. Further, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Congress, the EU and the Australian Senate, all showed leadership on addressing this risk. (more…)
Last week, a new report was released by the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI), a multi-organization consortium including the Center for Climate and Security, and coordinated by the Netherlands’ Clingendael Institute. The report, titled Action on Climate and Security Risks, reviews global progress made to date on addressing the security implications of a changing climate. The review includes both significant concerns, and reasons for optimism. From the announcement: