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SIPRI experts join World Water Week 2022

SIPRI experts join World Water Week 2022
SIPRI Director Dan Smith and Hafsa Maalim, Partnership Officer, Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union, during the reflection panel discussing the Environment of Peace report

World Water Week 2022 provided SIPRI experts with an opportunity to present aspects of their work on the security implications of climate and environmental change, including the Environment of Peace report.

Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this year’s World Water Week was held on the theme ‘Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water’. It took place in a hybrid format between 23 August and 1 September in central Stockholm and online.

On 28 August, SIPRI co-hosted a workshop entitled ‘Humanitarian Responses to Climate Shocks in Fragile Settings: Information Challenges. Karen Meijer, Senior Researcher, and Anniek Barnhoorn, Research Assistant, from SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme organized this discussion to identify possible improvements to existing or new data, information tools better suited to the needs of humanitarian actors, and solutions to possible obstacles when applying this information on the ground. The workshop was held within the framework of the Mistra Geopolitics Project and was co-organized with Deltares, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Swiss Development Cooperation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

As part of the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security, Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, participated in the ‘High-level Panel on Climate and Peace on 31 August. Smith and Hafsa Maalim, Partnership Officer, Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union, joined a reflection panel discussing the SIPRI report ‘Environment of Peace: Security in a New Era of Risk’, of which both are co-authors. The high-level panel explored how coordinated action on climate and peace can contribute to creating innovative ways forward to strengthen resilience as well as human and environmental security in the face of climate change and environmental degradation. More information about the panel is available here.

Read more about the 2022 edition of the World Water Week here.