Panel Discussions - Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Denmark, IPI Co-host Meeting on Climate Change as Security Threat
On September 22nd, IPI and the Danish government co-hosted a high-level dialogue on the nexus of climate change and international security.
Moderated by Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller, whose opening remarks are available for download, the event heard presentations by climate change experts before the floor was opened to environment and foreign ministers from states around the world.
Terje Rød-Larsen, IPI president, echoed sentiments expressed by many participants in saying that the event ought to complement the parallel efforts at the UN on the issue. Indeed, the timing of the dialogue held at IPI’s Trygve Lie Center allowed member states to begin to build consensus on climate change ahead of December 2009’s Copenhagen conference on the subject.
Following presentations by Oli Brown of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and David O’Connor of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, those present discussed the various facets of climate change as a challenge to security, putting forward ideas on how to tackle it both nationally and multilaterally.
The following areas of agreement emerged:
• Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today; anticipation and the development of early-warning mechanisms will be very important;
• While not a traditional “military” security challenge, climate change represents a threat multiplier, which has the potential to exacerbate existing security problems;
• Existing institutions must be upgraded to cope with climate change, or else new ones need be created;
• Migration as a result of extreme weather events caused by climate change will increasingly represent a threat to security; and
• Migration will likely be the issue to force countries to act sooner rather than later.
The meeting was held under the Chatham House Rule.
The Global Observatory
Are Recent Prison Breaks in Nigeria Part of a Southward Expansion by Boko Haram?
Whoever is behind them, these prison breaks signal that Nigeria’s authorities are struggling to maintain the rule of law, not just in the far northeast, but also in the Middle Belt and the southwest.
Key Global Events to Watch in December
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
December 09, 2014
Small States in a Multilateral World
Despite their size and limited resources, small states have an important and crucial role to play in the multilateral system and can leverage their power through cooperation.
December 02, 2014
Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict: From Concept to Norm
Five years after the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1894, the concept of Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (PoC) has become a widely accepted norm at the UN, featuring more and more in Council mandates and becoming a cornerstone of UN missions on the ground.
November 27, 2014
Dialogue on Multilateralism Continues in Geneva
The Geneva launch of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) took place on November 27th in the Palais de Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva which used to be the seat of the League of Nations.
December 15, 2014
Video: Nazila Fathi on the Struggle for Modern Iran
December 12, 2014
Video: Effective Governance in Challenging Environments
September 25, 2014
IPI Remembers Margaret Vogt