How is climate change affecting global security?
13 Dec 2017 19:00 - 21:00

This interactive debate was co-hosted by HagueTalks and the Planetary Security Initiative.

Increasingly, climate change is seen as a global security problem. It would lead to conflicts about territory, water and other resources, and also to large scale migration. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore wants to have climate as a topic on the agenda of the Security Council. They pleaded for this when they get a temporary seat in the Security Council in 2018.

During this HagueTalks, Awadalla Hamid Mohamed (Environmental Conservation Manager Practical Action) and Major General Anm Muniruzzaman (President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies and Chairman of Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change) talked about the influence of the climate on their home countries, and how they attempt to diminish the security risks.

After that, there a discussion was held on the importance of considering climate change a security problem with both them and the audience. What is the impact of this framing upon the international approach to climate change? Should the Security Council indeed place the topic of climate on their agenda? And what else is needed to reduce the security risks of climate change?