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SIPRI joins relaunch of Swedish initiative on environment, climate and security

SIPRI joins relaunch of Swedish initiative on environment, climate and security
Sigrún Rawet, Head of the Global Agenda Department of the Swedish MFA, Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board, and Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for International Development Cooperation

This week saw the relaunch of the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security, a cross-institutional research collaboration supported by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA). The event took place on 18 May and was hosted by the Swedish MFA.

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm+50, and the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, the roundtable discussion sought to inspire participants in their efforts and contributions to address the compound drivers of environmental change and human insecurity.

Introduced by Sigrún Rawet, Head of the Global Agenda Department of the Swedish MFA, Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board, provided introductory remarks, which were followed by remarks by Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for International Development Cooperation. SIPRI Director Dan Smith moderated the discussion that followed interventions by the directors of the three additional institutes that make up the Hub: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC).

The relaunch of the Hub brought together representatives from the Swedish MFA and the Ministry of the Environment and the four leading Stockholm-based research institutes as well as heads and senior representatives of a number of other Swedish authorities and institutes that are active in the field of environment and climate change.

About the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security

The Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security combines the strengths of four leading Stockholm-based research institutes—Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). Following a successful first phase, the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security will continue to contribute knowledge on how social and environmental processes interact with human insecurity, tensions and conflicts. It will provide evidence-based insights on how transformative solutions can build security and prosperity and strengthen societies’ resilience in the face of a changing climate and environmental degradation.