Webinar: Climate Interventions & Peace in the Age of Covid-19
19 Jun 2020 15:00 - 16:15
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The webinar has been streamed live via YouTube


Although the pandemic has shifted attention away from the security threats deriving from climate change, their risks have not been suspended. Landslides, monsoons, droughts and storms continue to occur while state capacity to address these challenges and to mediate conflict is reduced. The loss of livelihood due to global and local lockdown measures have disrupted logistical supply chains and pose an additional challenge to vulnerable societies. This in turn can reduce the opportunity costs to take up violence. 

Despite the call for a (temporary) ceasefire at the onset of the pandemic, in most conflict settings fighting has resumed, if halted at all. This makes it all the more important to consider how natural resource and climate action could help to establish dialogues between conflicting parties and address root causes of conflict. In this webinar we will discuss the climate-security nexus from a military, diplomacy and development perspective.


During the webinar, the following speakers will share their thoughts with us:

  • Louise van Schaik (the Clingendael Institute) on key findings of Military responses to climate change: ready for take-off – a report published in March 2020 analyzing eleven country cases
  • Thomas Ritzer (UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs) on environmental peacebuilding practices in the realm of diplomacy
  • Selena Victor (Mercy Corps) on best practice examples from a development perspective
  • Tom Middendorp (Senior Research Associate, the Clingendael Institute, and Chair of the International Military Council) on Climate & Security Concluding column: What should the Munich Security Conference 2021 discuss about the climate- security nexus?

The webinar will be moderated by Tobias von Lossow Project Manager of the Planetary Security Initiative at the Clingendael Institute. 

This webinar is part of the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) that aims to stimulate policy-relevant discussions on climate change and security among global experts from NGOs, the private sector, government agencies/ministries and academia.

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