A first part of the 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference, which took place in June, brought together leading figures from several sectors through two scientific workshops and a high-level political segment. After the summer break, this 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 will explore how more comprehensive climate-security risk assessments could help in creating a forward-looking and preventative foreign and security policy, and offer 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 is 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).