02.11.2021 15:30 – 17:00
German Pavilion, COP26, Glasgow UK

Climate, Peace and Stability: Weathering Risk Through COP and Beyond

This high-level side event at COP26 set out an evidence-based, coherent narrative on climate, peace and stability. Hosted by Germany, adelphi and the Munich Security Conference, with Luxembourg, Nauru, and the United Arab Emirates, the event aimed to build on multilateral momentum to establish leadership and guiding principles for climate action which can advance peace and stability.
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Watch the live recording of our event below:

Read the summary of the high-level roundtable here.

A recording of this event will also be available on the COP26 German Pavilion Website.

Climate change is without doubt among the greatest security threats to humankind in the 21st century, jeopardising peace and stability and making clear the need for urgent, ambitious climate action.

At the same time, ambitious climate action – financing, adaptation and mitigation – can inadvertently have an adverse impact on peace and stability in fragile contexts, if not approached in a conflict sensitive manner. Decarbonisation can change and potentially destabilise geopolitical power relations. Weak governance structures rooted in political instability and conflict often lack the capacity to tackle climate change effectively. 

Yet the implications of climate change on peace and stability, and issues of climate finance, mitigation, and adaptation and are still too often discussed as separate challenges in different fora. This conversation at COP26 sought to promote understanding of how to address the specific implications of climate change on peace and stability through all relevant channels of climate action.

The event formed part of a high-level multilateral process, following on from the Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2021, bridging to Munich Security Conference 2022 and then to COP27 and beyond.

Moderator:

Briefer: 

  • Martha Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding, United Nations (tbc).

Speakers:

 

Why the Peace Perspective matters at COP26

 

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