Effective climate diplomacy requires action at all levels

Climate change affects everyone – from villagers in the most remote parts of the world, to metropolitan heads of government and private sector leaders. 

Amid a changing political landscape and an increase in climate impacts, dialogue and collaboration are needed more than ever to make a lasting difference.

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Toward a new kind of Multilateralism

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.                                                                               

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BDCD Delegation visits OSCE

Representatives of five organisations participating in the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Change (BDCD) were invited to an informal meeting of the Vienna Security Salon on 30 November 2018. The theme of the meeting, organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Regional Office for Co-operation and Peace in Europe in co-operation with the OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger was “Climate and Security: An Issue for the OSCE?”      >>  Full Story 

There are now more than 30 participating organisations in the BDCD.

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Implementing European Climate and Security Policies

The 9th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy was co-organised by EDRC with GLOBE-EU at the European Parliament on 9 April 2019 in association with the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

In recent years the European Union, the IOM, the OSCE, and other international and regional organisations have increasingly been concerned about the security implications of a changing climate while adopting new policies and implementing new programmes on the relationship between climate change and international, national, regional, human and environmental security.

The aim of the briefing was to highlight recent and on-going initiatives by the EU, IOM, OSCE and others and discuss with an interdisciplinary audience what practical next steps are required to best implement European climate and security policies. >>  Full Story 



10th BDCD Meeting addresses Security Implications of Climate Change

Addressing the security implication of a changing climate requires an all-of-government and an all-of-society approach. The 10th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy was held on 14 May 2019 at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union to highlight the implications and examine how the military and defence community can play an important role in an integrated approach.

Panelists  spoke on the risks a changing climate poses for global stability, conflict and military missions; on the climate and security work of policy-makers in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S.; and on recent climate and security developments in Iraq and Mali.  >> Full Story

Nobel Peace Prize Forum event addresses “Solving the Climate Crisis in Time: From Climate Destabilization to Climate Security”

"How to Solve the Climate Crisis" was the title of the keynote speech on 11 December by Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and 2007 Nobel Peace Laureate.

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11th BDCD Meeting addresses The Security Implications of Emerging Climate Altering Technologies

12th BDCD Meeting focuses on the Climate-Security Nexus: Implications for the Military

The conference used a multi-stakeholder, multi-level approach to help further raise awareness of the climate-security nexus and highlight the role of the defence community in assessing the risks to stability and peace, the role of civil-military cooperation in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the role of state and non-state actors in addressing the implications of climate change for military personnel.   >>  Full Story 

Addressing the Climate and Security nexus is one of Belgium’s priorities for its 2019-2020 mandate as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council. Climate Change is a threat multiplier that is already having major impacts on international peace and security.  

The Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs partnered with EDRC to organize a seminar that took stock of current academic thinking on the security implications of geoengineering from both a security and climate perspective. 

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