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

Knowledge Platform: A New Climate for Peace

Knowledge Platform: A New Climate for Peace

Taking Action on Climate-Fragility Risks


This global knowledge platform aims to generate knowledge and bring together resources to build the evidence base on climate change and fragility. It serves as a resource hub for policy makers, practitioners and experts engaged in foreign affairs, peacebuilding, development and humanitarian aid to discuss and share emerging thinking and analysis on the links between climate change, vulnerability, fragility and conflict.



The G7 member states have led the way in drawing attention to the potential security implications of climate change. In 2013, the G7 countries acknowledged that the multiple risks associated with climate change require comprehensive policy responses. Under the British and the subsequent German Presidency, the G7 placed a strong focus on promoting ambitious international emission reduction targets, and recognized climate change as a contributing factor to increasing economic and security risks globally.  

The G7 countries commissioned adelphi to head a consortium with International Alert, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the EU Institute for Security Studies to conduct an independent study on climate change and fragility and to establish an open online platform to share and disseminate the collected knowledge and research. This platform and the featured report “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks” are the result of a year-long effort by these institutions to assess the existing evidence and research on climate change’s conflict and fragility risks, identify lessons learned from policies designed to address these risks, and offer recommendations for foreign policymakers on addressing this global strategic threat. 

The project is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US government through USAID and the European Union (European External Action Service and the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation). The contents of this independent report and the online knowledge platform do not represent the opinion of the G7 or any of its member states.


What does this platform offer?

The interactive knowledge platform provides a forum for policymakers and the wider public to discuss new ideas, research results and practical experiences on climate change and conflict. The knowledge platform provides contextualized reports and expert opinions, informs about upcoming events, consolidates on-topic, international discussions and offers tailor-made information for foreign policy-makers. It also prominently features the opinions from science and civil society, particularly in regions affected by fragility and conflict, thereby complementing dialogue processes with partner institutions, governments and stakeholders. 



adelphi is a Berlin-based think tank and public policy consultancy on environment, development, and foreign policy. With a staff of 130, adelphi provides high-quality interdisciplinary research and strategic policy analysis, public policy consulting and training, and facilitates dialogue for governments, development partners, and international organizations.


International Alert is Europe’s leading peacebuilding organization, with almost 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace across Asia, Africa, Eurasia, Middle East, and Latin America. It was one of the first NGOs to research, analyse, and lead innovative thinking on the security implications of climate change, particularly in fragile states.



The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.



The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is an autonomous EU agency dealing with the analysis of foreign, security, and defence policy issues. The Institute’s core mission is to provide both analyses and discussion fora to enrich the formulation of EU policy, acting as an interface between European experts and decision-makers at all levels.




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