About us

Climate change affects human security and can increase conflict risk. This issue gained prominence on high level international diplomatic and security policy agendas. Yet still more needs to be done to address risks on the ground. The Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) aims to catalyse action in affected contexts. PSI sets out best practice, strategic entry points and new approaches to reducing climate-related risks to conflict and stability, thus promoting sustainable peace in a changing climate.  

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

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The objectives of the PSI are to:

  • Enhance political involvement in climate-security.
  • Strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating a global, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary community of practice.
  • Develop and promote policies and good practice to support governments, the private sector and implementing agencies better securing peace in regions affected by climate change
  • Operate as a permanent platform for international cooperation on planetary security

The PSI is grateful to its partners providing (in-kind) support:

The Hague Municipality           Skoll Global Threats Fund  Logo European Climate Foundation      UN Environment    giz logo   american university of beirut international alert deltares center for american progress  iris  cordaid  wri  odi

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Planetary Security Conference: Opportunities for Collaboration

The Planetary Security Conference provides a unique and important global platform for exchange between key stakeholders in climate change, development and security issues and improving sustainable policy responses.  We believe that collaboration is the key to delivering a successful conference.  Over the past two years, a number of institutions have requested an opportunity to be substantively engaged in the conference. We can offer two types of engagement opportunities for interested institutional collaborators:

  • Workshop Leads provide session leadership of one of the PSC’s interactive workshops (which may include session design, programme content, participant invitations and a post-session written summary).
  • Sponsors provide sponsorship of two or more developing country participants. This can also take the form of direct financial support of approximately €5,000+ or equivalent in-kind contributions. Participant sponsorship includes roundtrip flights, visa application fees, local transportation (train only) from the airport and accommodation in The Hague. 

In exchange for contributions, Workshop Leads and Sponsors enjoy the following benefits:

  • Recognition as PSI Partner on the PSI website.
  • Branding opportunities at the venue (i.e. exhibition space)
  • Two institutional invitations (staff, associates or other guests) to participate in the Forum.  Participants have access to 300+ high-level thought leaders.

Once collaboration is agreed, the organising consortium may clarify the specific commitments and benefits in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed by both parties.

Interested in becoming a partner? Please contact psi@clingendael.org

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.