Global Issues
23 June, 2020 to 24 June, 2020

Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020: Part I

This first part of the 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference brought toge​ther leading figures from governments, international organisations, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society through two scientific workshops and a high-level political segment. After the summer break, a second part will reflect on how more comprehensive risk assessments could support forward-looking and preventative foreign and security policy.

There is increasing evidence that climate change is undermining livelihoods, food and water security in rural and urban areas around the world, thereby acting as a “threat multiplier” in fragile and conflict-prone situations. The conference explored how more comprehensive climate-security risk assessments could help in creating a forward-looking and preventative foreign and security policy. It offered a space to discuss the role that the international community, and the UN Security Council in particular, can and should take in this respect, including during Germany’s membership of the UN Security Council in 2020.

After launching the Berlin Call for Action in 2019 and working to increase the momentum for decisive action to address climate-related drivers of conflict and instability, this was the second iteration of this event.

The Berlin Climate and Security Conferences are hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office, in partnership with adelphi and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).


Take a look at the 2020 Conference Summary:

BCSC 2020 - Summary


Watch the full recordings of the conference:

23 June: State of the Art of Climate and Security

23 June: Dispatches from the Field

24 June: High-Level Political Segment



Related readings:

10 Insights on Climate Impacts and Peace
BCSC 2019 Conference Summary
Berlin Call for Action
BCSC 2019 - Conference Summary BCSC 2019 - Berlin Call for Action