“Climate change is a global threat to security in the 21st century. We must act quickly to limit the future risks to the planet we share and to the peace we seek.”
This opening line kicks off a major new report, “A New Climate of Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, investigating the impact of climate change on fragility and conflict. The report was commissioned by the G7 member states, developed by the four consortium partners and supported by both the Commission and the EEAS, among others. The executive summary of the report was welcomed as part of the communiqué from the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Lubeck in April and the foreign ministers tasked a working group with evaluating the study’s recommendations up to the end of 2015. The complete report is now being released on the project’s online knowledge platform for public use. The EU has increasingly mainstreamed climate change issues in its work across multiple sectors, but the fragility risks are just beginning to be recognized and the policy implications are not yet clear. The event will begin with an initial presentation of the report by two of its authors, Dan Smith, Secretary General of International Alert, and Alexander Carius, Managing Director of adelphi, followed by remarks from DEVCO Director-General Fernando Frutuoso de Melo. A small panel with Richard Youngs from Carnegie Europe, Sandrine Dixson-Decleve from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Kitty van der Heijden from the World Resources Institute will then discuss the implications of the report for EU development and foreign policies, followed by closing remarks from MEP Indrek Tarand, (TBC).