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Climate Security – It’s Crunch Time - 23-24 June 2020, Online Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020

It’s crunch time for the global climate security discourse. While the COVID-19 crisis remains the key present challenge, it’s time to take stock of where the debate stands on the security implications of climate change in the run-up to another debate in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), scheduled for July 2020. The Berlin Climate Security Conference series, initiated a year ago with a  call for action,  complements the UNSC debate, with one conference taking place end of June and a follow-up conference in September 2020 to pave the way for more action. A “Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment,” intended to help identify concrete solutions, is part of implementing the call.

  • 23-24 June 2020, Online Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020 (Part I)    

This first part of the #BCSC2020 will feature two scientific workshops, a session on field experiences and a high-level political segment. After the summer break, a second part will reflect on how comprehensive risk assessments could support forward-looking and preventative foreign and security policy.

Part II-From September 7 to October 2, the second part of the BCSC 2020 will reflect on how more comprehensive risk assessments could support forward-looking and preventative foreign and security policy.

The Fragility Forum is a high-level event organised by the World Bank Group, which brings together practitioners and policymakers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experiences in engaging in environments affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV).

New report for policymakers provides an overview of the growing research on the links between climate change, security and peace. The synthesis identifies ten insights into climate-related security risks and lays the groundwork for the "Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment", led by adelphi and PIK, which will be launched at the Berlin Climate and Security Conference.

In the wake of Germany’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) presidency for the month of July 2020, its role in addressing climate change in the body gains even greater importance. A look into selected UNSC members that are also pushing the climate issue reveals: health and economic risks are key entry-points.

It’s official: India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for 2021-22. Previously, the country has adopted a cautionary approach towards climate security. While it may not significantly shift its positions, global realities may trigger more openness, with an eye on multilateralism, rule of law and fairness.

South America, Central America & Caribbean

75 years ago, the UN was born. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN looks back at several important achievements, but much work on persisting challenges still lies ahead. Increased UN engagement in three areas can make the region more resilient to future challenges.  

North  America

The scope of national security is expanding beyond violent threats to encompass a broader array of dangers. In an article for World Politics Review, CFR's Stewart M. Patrick assesses the implications of COVID-19 and climate change for the theory and practice of national security. 

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In northern Kenya, prolonged drought is causing resource scarcity and fueling conflict among the tribes. Yet, members of the local communities refuse to let the harsh climate conditions determine their fate. Overcoming tremendous challenges with exceptional strength, optimism and resilience, they foster dialogue between communities, organise peace meetings, develop alternative livelihoods.