Sagal Abshir
CSEN Policy Paper: Climate Change and Security in the Horn Of Africa - Can Europe Help to Reduce the Risks?

Climate change pressures are already interacting with conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa. European actors are approaching climate security risks in the Horn through interventions and projects  across the region. This CSEN Policy Paper provides an overview of the linkages, in the literature and in the region, between climate change or viarability and violent conflict, and an overview of some of the interventions in the region.

Oli Brown, Anne Le More and Julie Raasteen
CSEN Policy Paper: Europe and Climate Security - Is Europe Delivering on its Rhetoric?

Over the past 15 years, climate-related risks to peace and stability have risen fast up the European agenda. This report explores the extent to which this policy focus has influenced the international agenda and the degree to which it has translated into improved European responses to the causes and consequences of insecurity in fragile states, proposing three areas of action.

Christian König, Hannah Kurnoth and Katarina Schulz, adelphi
Thumbnail_Summary_Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020
The first part of the 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference took place online on June 23 and 24, 2020, bringing together leading figures from governments, international organisations and the scientific community through two sessions on the state of the art of climate and security and a high-level political segment. This summary outlines the highlights of the conference.
Climate Diplomacy
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Dennis Tänzler, Sebastian Oberthür and Emily Wright
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Under the Paris Agreement, governments have committed to radically cutting carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. This decarbonisation process has profound implications for both domestic and foreign policy, and is likely to have important geopolitical consequences. As a global power and leader on climate action, the EU has an important role to play in meeting these challenges.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Global Issues
Adrien Detges, Christian König, Benjamin Pohl, Lukas Rüttinger, Janani Vivekananda (adelphi); Daniel Klingenfeld, Jacob Schewe, Barbora Sedova (PIK)
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A new synthesis report for policymakers provides an overview of the growing research on the links between climate change, security and peace.

Judith Nora Hardt, IFSH
IFSH policy brief_Climate and the UNSC

Traditional security actors and institutions facing complex socio-ecological dynamics stand on the brink of change. How do the 15 current UN Security Council member states approach the connections between climate change and security? In the new IFSH Policy Brief, Dr. Judith Nora Hardt presents the research results of the project "Climate Change and Security in the UN Security Council" (CLISEC UNSC) on this question.

UN75 Americas Dialogue Report

The "UN75 Regional Dialogue for the Americas: Toward Innovation and Renewal of Global and Regional Governance" (20 March–26 April 2020) was designed to bring diverse, multi-stakeholder, regional perspectives and actionable ideas into the final months of preparations for key global policy milestones of 2020, including the UN 75 Leaders Summit and its associated political declaration, as well as the 2020 Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture.

UN Environment Programme, UN Women, UNDP and UNDPPA/PBSO
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Climate change is a defining threat to peace and security in the 21st century – its impacts are felt by everyone, but not equally. Gender norms and power dynamics shape how women and men of different backgrounds experience or contribute to insecurity in a changing climate.

South America
Central America & Caribbean
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute, and Lukas Rüttinger, adelphi
Policy Brief

State fragility, often related to the expansion of organised crime and human rights violations, has contributed towards elevated rates of violence across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Additionally, high inequality is shaping how climate affects security in the region, raising new issues about climate justice and climate-related migration. In short, climate change acts as a risk multiplier in LAC, exacerbating existing conflict and fragility dynamics.

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chitra Nagarajan, Climate Security Expert Network
Policy Brief
Climate fragility risks Mali

The majority of Mali’s regions are currently affected by violent conflict. At the same time, Mali’s climate is changing. This climate security risk brief outlines the following linkages between climate change and security in Mali and their implications for peace and stability.