New report on the UN Security Council’s work on climate security published

This is a cross-post from the Planetary Security Initiative In the past 18 months, the emergence of climate security as a mainstreamed and core risk for national governments and IGOs has accelerated. In particular, the UN Security Council (UNSC) is…

New Climate Security Report has Implications for NATO and COP26

By Danice Ball and Lily Feldman Earlier this month, the Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) released the World Climate and Security Report (WCSR) 2021, the second in an ongoing series of annual reports.…

The Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria and the Need for Unity Against Them

The Deputy Director-General of the OPCW, Mr Hamid Ali Rao, the Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü, and the CSP Chairperson, H.E. Ambassador Abdelouahab Bellouki of Morocco, at the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of States Parties…

Climate Security at the UNSC: Opportunities for US Action in March

Caitlin Werrell, Co-Founder and President of the Center for Climate and Security, presents the Responsibility to Prepare framework to the UN Security Council - Dec 15, 2017 By Erin Sikorsky, Steve Brock, Francesco Femia, Rachel Fleishman, and Caitlin Werrell “No…

In Case You Missed It: A Summary of the Latest Climate Science Information (and Its Security Implications)

By Dr. Marc Kodack In case you missed it, the World Meteorological Organization brought together multiple entities, including United Nations-affiliated organizations and others, to publish their collective information on the latest climate science at the end of the summer. Each organization wrote one…

The UN Security Council’s Lack of Consensus on Climate and Security

By Dr. Marc Kodack While climate change and its implications for security have been acknowledged many times by international military leaders (see here for example), as well as by senior leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense (here), the United National…

Verifying Absence of Nuclear Weapons: Looking Back To Look Forward During the UN First Committee Meetings

By Christine Parthemore Every year for a month, the UN First Committee holds a series of meetings. This year’s are currently in progress, running from October 5 to November 5. The body deals with disarmament issues, among others, so in…

The New Water Development Report and Implications for Security

By Dr. Marc Kodack Climate change has and will continue to have both direct and indirect effects around the world. Changes in water will be one of the most visible direct effects, whether it is too little water, such as during…