A New Climate for Peace

Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks

This independent report, commissioned by the G7 members, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding, the report recommends that the G7 take concrete action, both as individual members and jointly, to tackle climate-fragility risks and increase resilience to them.


Resilience Compass

When climate change exacerbates conflicts and crises, resilience must be the compass for foreign policy. The Resilience Compass features news, reflections and opinions on climate change and fragility, with contributions from the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, International Alert and guest authors.


Factbook, Readings, Events

This collection of resources complements and extends the analysis of the report. It contains an interactive factbook allowing users to explore case studies from around the world and provides background readings and contextualized report and event summaries.

Thematic Reading

Planetary Security Conference 2016

05 December, 2016 to 06 December, 2016
Peace Palace
The Hague, The Netherlands

How can climate-induced risks become an integral part of foreign and security policy? The Planetary Security Conference, organised by adelphi and other leading think tanks, is meant to deliver answers to this question and will take place from 5-6 December in The Hague.  

Our world faces increasingly complex threats and risks – and climate change is considered one of the key driving forces. A growing number of experts have shown the general nature of climate related risks and tracked their impact on politics, peace and conflict. Nonetheless there has been limited momentum to formulate policies and approaches to address these risks effectively. This is partly because the indirect risks are still underestimated and poorly understood in mainstream foreign and defence policy circles.

The PSI, launched by The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to help remedy this problem, by (1) enhancing political awareness of climate-induced risks, (2) involving decision-makers at the climate-security interface, (3) building an inclusive community that is multi-lateral, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, and (4) creating a regular platform for global cooperation on planetary security. Through bringing together representatives of all levels of governance, academia, civil society, the private sector and the media, the project facilitates the development of effective strategies in order to respond in a coordinated and timely manner to current and future security threats that are caused by environmental changes.

Hence, the topics covered at the conference are broad and range from climate and food security, to adaptation and peacebuilding, to the role of defence and intelligence communities for managing climate risks.

adelphi is part of a consortium of leading think tanks that organise the PSI. This year, adelphi is moderating different workshops, preparing background reports for the initiative and facilitating the community of practice that the PSI brings together at both the annual conference as well as beyond at other important international events and regional consultations.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Ms. Amina J. Mohammed,  Honorable Minister of Environment of Nigeria
  • Mr. Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director & Assistant-Secretary-General of the UN
  • TBC: Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, Economist & Director of the Earth Institute
  • TBC: Mr. John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States of America
  • Ms. Monika Sie Dhian Ho, General Director, the Clingendael Institute
  • Ms. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

More information on the Planetary Security Initiative can be found here.

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