29 November 2018

PSI at COP24 Katowice: climate diplomacy & conflict prevention event

On 13 December, the European External Action Service, in partnership with adelphi and the Planetary Security Initiative, will host a side-event at COP24 aimed at tracking international progress in addressing climate-related security risks, as well as raising awareness on climate security among the COP community.

This side event will take stock of progress made at the international level in addressing climate-related security risks in light of the conclusions from the high level event  'Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action', convened by High Representative Federica Mogherini on 22 June 2018.

The sessions aims at raising awareness among the COP community on climate-related security risks and foster a debate on the respective roles of the climate, development and security communities in assessing, avoiding and addressing climate-related risks.

The following questions and developments will be in focus:

  • Focus on conflict prevention: beyond what level of climate change might the security community no longer be able to reasonably guarantee international peace and security?
  • The renewed momentum on climate-related security risks at the regional and global levels: illustrations from the EU and UN levels, including in the context of the UN Security Council
  • From global to local: integrated climate-fragility risk assessment and action on the ground.
  • Building a community of practice: tools for capacity building, experience from the Planetary Security initiative.


  • Christian Leffler and Dominic Porter (TBC) - European External Action Service
  • Michaela Späth (TBC) - German Federal Foreign Office
  • Arne Lietz - European Parliament
  • Chitra Nagarajan (TBC) - Conflict Advisor, Lake Chad Region
  • Asif Zaidi - UN Environment

Time: 13 December 2018 from 10:30-12:00.

Moderation: Dennis Tänzler – adelphi.

Location: EU Pavilion, Room Vienna.

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