Berlin Climate and Security Conference

Berlin Climate and Security Conference

Panel discussion: Political responses to the threats climate change poses for international peace

The Berlin Climate and Security Conference took place at the German Federal Foreign Office on 4 June 2019. By bringing together leading figures from governments, international organisations, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society to discuss the growing risks that climate change presents for peace and security, it aimed to increase the momentum for decisive action to address climate-related drivers of conflict and instability.

There is increasing evidence that climate change is undermining livelihood, food and water security in rural and urban areas around the world, thereby acting as a “threat multiplier” in fragile and conflict-prone situations. The conference built on recent initiatives within the UN system and beyond to act on this knowledge about climate-related security risks, and provide a timely opportunity to build consensus around the next concrete steps towards combating climate and fragility risks at national and international level, including during Germany’s membership of the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020.

Central themes of the conference were the impacts of climate change on:

  • Migration and displacement
  • Socio-economic conflicts
  • State fragility

The conference was hosted by German Federal Foreign Office, in partnership with adelphi and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).