A5 – Institutional Home for Climate Security in the UN

The link between the effect of climate change and the complex questions of security is now collectively termed “climate-security” and has in turn been subject to an increasingly broad debate on both the scientific and the policy community. After a series of open-briefs/discussions, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) lifted the issue to the highest level of political discourse on international peace and security, with for example the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2349 on lake Chad.

As the issue has now been lifted to the highest of political discourse on international peace and security, what needs to be done by the UN System to better identify, analyses and adequately prevent and respond to climate related security risks? 

This interactive workshop explores this question by informing about a new UN initiative to establish an institutional home to support member states with the assessment of climate related security risk and with the development and implementation of integrated prevention strategies.  

Key objective of this interactive workshop is to present and discuss finding of four climate security risk assessments, hear country perspectives and identify opportunities to improve risk information and implement prevention strategies at the national/regional level.  This event is primarily targeted at policymakers and practitioners, including donor representatives, UN agencies, INGOs, research institutes in the field of risk assessment, prevention, peacebuilding and development.  

Objectives:

  • Present findings of climate related security risk assessments and option for climate risk management strategies and actions (Lake Chad Region, Iraq, Somalia, Central Asia)
  • Briefings from the perspective of countries (Somalia and Nigeria), experiencing a range of security risks, highlighting the interplay with climate impacts.
  • Identification of challenges and opportunities for countries, experiencing security risks, to improve integrated risk assessment/information for decision making, develop/implement prevention strategies and develop national capacities to address climate related security risks

Outline/format of the workshop structure: 

The format of the workshop would be a series of presentations followed by moderated panel of representatives of the suggested entities through rounds of questions. The moderator would ask the panelists/participants direct questions on the 3th objective (challenges and opportunities)…. For the last round of questions, the audience will be asked to participate in the discussion and the last round being the concluding round with the panelists/participants providing a summary statement.

The organizers of the workshop will provide, at later date, a report/policy brief of the discussions along with recommendations made by the panelists/participants and audience.

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