In the era of uncertainty and growing concerns over the impacts of climate change, this event aims to explore how national and subnational bodies can respond to growing irregular risks such as disruptions in food, water, and energy supplies or rising sea levels. As these issues can be major amplifying factors in conflict and challenge security and stability, this event will discuss how we can strengthen our resilience vis-à-vis climate change.
This event is the second of a series of debates on resilience, which aims to develop, foster and promote building resilience into systems, policies and approaches that enables states and societies to withstand, adapt, recover and respond to shocks and crises. It is part of Friends of Europe’s Peace, Security and Defence Programme, supported by the United States European Command (EUCOM). Our work is firmly anchored in our expertise in a range of fields, including energy and climate change, geopolitics, international development, migration and health. We seek a holistic approach to European, transatlantic and global security policies. Security considerations are, in turn, mainstreamed into these areas of expertise, enriching the debate by encouraging experts to think outside their comfort zones.
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Welcome lunch and registration of participants
Building resilient states and communities is climbing up the international security and development agendas. The new European Consensus on Development as well as the EU’s Global Strategy have put resilience at the core of their policy and actions, emphasising the need for states and communities to build up their ability to withstand, recover and respond to a multiplicity of shocks and stresses. Particularly important is the need to adapt to spiralling environmental pressures, from disruptions in food, water, and energy supplies to increases in damage from extreme weather and sea level rise, issues that can be major amplifying factors in conflict and threats to security and stability. Although climate action has been a priority for many years, the international community has struggled to create a concrete, effective and large-scale blueprint for mitigating the threats and challenges posed by extreme-weather events. It is important to include a wider range of actors, including military and security organisations whose ability to analyse and deal with risks rather than certainties makes them uniquely well-equipped to tackle environment-related security challenges. Responding to climate risks will require effective prevention and risk assessment coordination between EU, national, and subnational bodies to create more space for innovation and action to build climate resilience.
- How can public policy and risk management be better used by institutions to foster coherence and resilience in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction?
- What role is there for cities, civil society and business leaders to contribute to climate resilience? How can this relationship be encouraged at the institutional level?
- Can we successfully integrate climate action into local governance and its planning, policies and projects to respond to the challenges posed by climate change?
Oli Brown, Senior Programme Coordinator for Disasters and Conflicts at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Tessa Kelly, Climate Change Coordinator at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Sébastien Maire, Chief Resilience Officer of Paris
Michael Ruehle, Head of Energy Security at the NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe
Mikaela d’Angelo, Programme Manager
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