Climate-related risks are increasingly recognised as a key factor - and at times a key driver - of human insecurity and even conflict. Over the past ten years, both our understanding and awareness of these risks and the relationship between climate change and security have increased tremendously. The topic has been on the agenda at the highest levels of international politics and diplomacy. This is why now is the time to act to reduce risks, prevent conflict and build peace. The Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) aims to spur this momentum from increasing awareness to deepening knowledge and, most importantly, to catalysing action to reduce the risks emanating from climate change and other environmental stresses.

Planetary Security Initiative

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the PSI in 2015. Now operated by a consortium of leading think tanks, the objectives of the PSI are to:

  • Enhance political awareness and involvement on the climate-security interface
  • Strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating an inclusive community of practice that is multi-lateral, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary
  • Develop and promote policies and good practice to help governments, the private sector and implementing agencies better secure peace and cooperation in regions adversely affected by climate change
  • Create a regular platform for international cooperation on planetary security.

The third Planetary Security Conference will be held on December 12-13, 2017 in The Hague. The theme of this year's conference is "From Analysis to Action". The goal of the conference is to strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating the community of practice on planetary security. 

For further information contact the leading consortium partner Clingendael at psi@clingendael.org / +31 70 3746 694

The Consortium

The Planetary Security Initiative is implemented by five institutes making up the PSI Consortium:

  • Clingendael Institute – The Hague
  • Adelphi – Berlin
  • Center for Climate and Security – Washington, DC
  • Hague Centre for Strategic Studies – The Hague
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – Stockholm

The Director of Outreach and Engagement of the Global Strategic Communications Council serves as an advisor in addition to the Advisory Board.PSI project lead is Louise van Schaik.

Advisory Board

Each year 10 to 15 distinguished experts from various regions, sectors and disciplines are asked to serve on the PSI Advisory Board to provide advice in the planning and evaluation of the annual PS conferences and other events and to work with the PS Coordinating Group to help in the development of the PSI Global Community of Practice.

Members may serve in their individual capacities and not necessarily as representatives of their organisations. The following persons have agreed to be on Advisory Board for the period through September 2017: