During the UN Security Council debate of 20 July 2011, the Council unanimously expressed concern about the possible impacts of climate change on peace and security. This lively debate with a record participation clearly underlined the need for climate protection and early action to address the security implications of climate change.
The countries of the Southern Africa will be among the most severely affected by climate change. Rising temperatures and sea levels as well as declining precipitation will challenge food, water and energy security in the Southern African countries. On 23 September 2011, 30 experts from Southern Africa, the African Union, Germany and UK gathered to discuss the security implications of climate change for the region. The Dialogue was organized by OneWorld, adelphi and the Institute for Security Studies, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
In recognition of the growing security concerns posed by climate change, the German Presidency of the Security Council for July 2011 took the initiative to further entrench the topic within the United Nations framework by calling an Open Debate on the impact of climate change on the maintenance of international peace and security.
The Climate Security Dialogues were created in cooperation with the KlimaCampus and Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) at the University of Hamburg as a forum to discuss the impacts of a shifting climate in times of political, economic and demographic transformation. Recognising that the transfer of scientific knowledge is crucial for the policy community and for evidence-based decision-making, the dialogues aimed to bridge the science – policy gap, and promote concrete cooperation at the regional level: