Climate Security Risk Assessment Methodology Workshop
Climate-change impacts exacerbate security risks in the African continent, including food and water insecurity, displacement, migration, increased competition over natural resources, conflicts and transnational organised crimes. This intensifies existing political, peace and security, socio-economic and development challenges that affect especially women, children, youth and the aged. Simultaneously, lack of awareness and limited access to financial or material resources for humanitarian intervention and capacity-building are further undermining adaptation and mitigation efforts to cope with these climate change impacts.
Faced with these challenges, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC), encouraged all Member States and the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs) to enhance their climate change resilience and mitigation capacities, develop credible climate early warning systems and establish integrated responses to climate-related security risks. As part of these efforts, the PSC requested a climate-related security risk assessment in consultation with Member states, with the aim of mobilising a Common African position towards climate change and security.
To this end, the Conflict Management Directorate (CMD) of the AU Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (DPAPS) will hold a three-day workshop from 28 – 30 March 2023 to develop a climate-related security risk assessment methodology.
- To explore and provide conceptual linkages between climate change, peace and security;
- To identify components of climate change vulnerability and resilience;
- To develop a methodology which can serve as a baseline for undertaking a African Continental climate security risk assessment and help to establish a climate change, conflict-risk and security profile for effective adaptation and mitigation efforts in Africa; and
- To identify relevant actors to engage in the climate security risk assessment.
- PAPS Representatives
- ARBE/DRR Representatives
- HHS Representative
- Representatives from selected AU agencies
- Representatives from RECs/RMs
- Representatives from selected NGOs and CSOs
- CCCPA – Egypt (Governmental Institution with AU affiliation)
- African Experts
- Relevant partners (UNDP, GIZ, Adelphi)