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 2017

12 December, 2017 to 13 December, 2017
The Hague

Climate-related risks are increasingly recognised as a key factor – and at times a key driver – of human insecurity and even conflict. Understanding the linkages between climate and security is essential for decision-makers and practitioners to develop and implement risk-reducing, conflict preventive and sustainable policies and approaches to climate-related risks. The Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) is the institutional home of these efforts.

adelphi is part of a consortium of leading think tanks operating the PSI, which was launched by The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Annual conferences form the core of the PSI, providing a regular opportunity for researchers and practitioners on climate change and security to meet, exchange information and increase cooperation. Interactive workshops enable dialogue on the climate-security linkages in specific issues and regions to identify entry points and actionable areas for policy and response.

Now in its third year, the conference of 2017 will see discussions focus on practical approaches, solutions and best practice. It will zoom in on three regions where the climate-security relationship is particularly pressing: the Lake Chad region, Iraq and Mali. The 2017 conference will moreover discuss how climate change affects the security opportunities and challenges of migration, as well as urbanisation and its security dynamics. adelphi is designing and organising workshops at the annual conference, preparing background reports and facilitating the community of practice that the PSI brings together at both the annual conference and beyond at other important international events and regional consultations.

Over the past ten years, both the understanding and awareness of the relationship between climate change and security have increased tremendously, with the UN Security Council, the African Union and the G7 discussing the resulting risks, among others. The PSI aims to further enhance political awareness and involvement on the climate-security interface, to consolidate an inclusive community of practice that is multi-lateral, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary and to create a regular platform for international cooperation on planetary security. By developing and promoting policies and good practice the PSI supports governments, the private sector and implementing agencies to better secure peace and cooperation in regions adversely affected by climate change. 

Watch Alexander Verbeek, Founder of the Institute for Planetary Security, who shares his vision for the community of practice:

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