Brussels Dialogue on
Climate Diplomacy

About the BDCD

The Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) is an informal network  for the exchange of information and the promotion of cooperation among European institutions, international organisations, NGOs and think-tanks active in the nexus between climate change and international, national, human and environmental security.  

The BDCD project is coordinated by the Environment & Development Resource Centre.

The first meetings of the BDCD were held in 2016 and 2017 followed by regular meetings and other BDCD conferences since.

Participating Organisations

Attendees at the BDCD meetings may participate in their individual capacities and not necessarily as representatives of their respective organisations.

Center for the Study of Democracy
Crisis Management & Disaster Response NATO Centre of Excellence
E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism
Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC)

European Commission: DG Climate Action
European Commission: DG Research & Innovation
European Defence Agency (EDA)
European Economic and Social Committee / Sustainable Development Observatory
European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
European External Action Service (EEAS)

European Institute for Peace (EIP)
European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL)
European Union Military Staff (EUMS)
Foundation for European Progress Studies (FEPS)

Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS)

German Marshall Fund of the United States - Brussels Office
Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment - European Union (GLOBE EU)
Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC)
Global Water Institute (GWI)

Heinrich Böll Stiftung - European Union

Institute for European Environmental Policy (IIEP)
Institute for Environmental Security (IES)
Institute for Planetary Security (IPS)
International Organisation for Migration (IOM - UN Migration) - Regional Office Brussels
IUCN European Regional Office
NATO: Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD) / Science for Peace and Security Programme
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
NATO SHAPE: Civil Military Cooperation Liaison Branch
NATO SHAPE: Infrastructure & Engineering (I&E) Division
OSCE: Economic and Environmental Activities

Planetary Security Initiative (PSI)

Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA)

Rise for Climate Belgium

UNEP Regional Office for Europe / Brussels Liaison Office to the EU
UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS): UN Departments of Peacekeeping (DPKO), Political Affairs (DPA), and Field Support (DFS)
World Resources Institute - Europe

The BDCD is coordinated by the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC).


Brussels, 30 April 2021 - The final report by the North-Atlantic Civil-Society Working-Group on Environment and Security (NCWES) contains 116 policy options and practical recommendations concerning climate change and security and other related environment and security issues.

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Ottawa, 6 February 2021 - As one of the first to be interviewed, in the podcast episode "In the Shadows – What is climate security," by Rebecca Henrys, EDRC's policy director and co-coordinator of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD), Alexander Verbeek examined the security implication of climate change. "In the Shadows" facilitates discussions with experts on national security and intelligence topics related to current affairs.

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The US Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recently published a podcast episode on "Climate Security: Bringing Climate into all Sectors” as part of the Theories of Change program, featuring EDRC's policy director and co-coordinator of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD), Alexander Verbeek.

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The Hague, 26 January 2021 - Held on January 25th and 26th, 2021, the Climate Adaptation Summit of 2021 brought together global leaders, civil society, youth advocates, and regional as well as local stakeholders and included the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda, setting out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavours and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change.

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Brussels, 25 January 2021 - The Council today adopted conclusions on ʻClimate and Energy Diplomacy - Delivering on the external dimension of the European Green Dealʼ.

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Brussels, 17 September 2020 - In the context of NATO 2030 launched by the NATO Secretary General on 8 June 2020, NATO has begun to organise a series of thematic events to engage more in-depth with civil society, advocacy and expert groups to further improve NATO’s responsiveness and openness to outside views and expertise.

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Brussels, 23 June 2020 - Climate disruption plays an undeniable role in various conflict situations. As such, Belgium wants the United Nations to systematically take into account the potential impact of a changing climate in its security actions.

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Brussels, 20 January 2020: Foreign ministers today discussed climate diplomacy and restated the political centrality of climate action for the European Union. Following the discussion, the Council adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy. This is a clear sign that in 2020 climate will be one of the priorities in the EU's external policy.

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Brussels, 10 December 2019: Alexander Verbeek explains the urgent need both for effective climate change action and for steps to be taken to prepare for life in a drastically different world, where global warming and related environmental degradation will impact on security.

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