03 December 2018

PSI at COP24: Climate security, big data and the Responsibility to Prepare

On 13 December, the European External Action Service, in partnership with The Center for Climate and Security and World Resources Institute (WRI), will hold a side event outlining new tools for anticipating climate security crises and practical institutional frameworks for using foresight to manage climate security risks. 

Experts will outline examples of how big data and integrated scenario-development could help predict where (inter)national security is at risk, through an early warning system being developed within WRI’s Resource Watch Platform as part of the Water, Peace and Security Partnership, and how governments and security institutions can use this information to avert potential crises, referencing the Responsibility to Prepare framework for preventing and responding to conflicts.

Panelists include members of the security community and Ministers from Pacific small island developing states, European and African (TBC) governments:

  • Former Netherlands Chief of Defense Gen. Tom Middendorp, who opened the 2016 Planetary Security Conference, will discuss the nature of climate-related threats to peace and stability and how the security community can effectively assess and communicate these threats.
  • Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Isabella Lövin, will speak to efforts at the UN Security Council to create an institutional home for climate security.
  • David Paul, Minister-in-Assistance to the President and Environment Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, will address the pace of uptake of data-driven solutions for climate preparedness.

Mr. Manish Bapna, WRI Executive Vice President and Managing Director, and Shiloh Fetzek, Senior Fellow at The Center for Climate and Security, will also present.

This interactive session will poll the audience throughout the panel discussion and invite questions and input through the Mentimeter app.

Time: 12:00-13:30

Location: EU Pavilion Vienna Room

Moderator: Camilla Born, E3G

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