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Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks

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Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks
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Climate-related security risks have far-reaching implications for the way the world manages peace and security. SIPRI is committed to improving approaches to managing climate-related security risks and to this end we host the Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks.

The expert working group seeks to highlight the gap in climate risk informed decision-making and strives to produce timely climate security assessments. The aim of the expert working group is to:

  • Produce unbranded high-quality and policy-relevant assessments of climate-related security risks for geographies under discussion in peace and security institutions
  • Strengthen decision-making and programming on climate-related security risks in the United Nations (UN) system
  • Support the creation of an institutional home in the UN system to develop climate-related risk assessments and risk management strategies

In 2018, the expert working group – together with external researchers and the working group secretariat – will produce research on four geographies: Iraq, Lake Chad, Somalia and a further geography in Central Asia. The reports will build on research and insights from the field to provide integrated assessments of climate-related change and security—as well as other social, political and economic aspects.

To access published reports, find links below.

Lake Chad Region – Climate-related security risk assessment

Iraq – Climate-related security risk assessment

Somalia – Climate-related security risk assessment

Central Asia – Climate-related security risk assessment

The expert working group was initiated during Sweden’s membership of the UN Security Council (2017-18).

The working group secretariat currently consists of five members: Camilla Born (Director), Karolina Eklöw (Research Assistant), Nick Mabey (Senior Advisor), Malin Mobjörk (Senior Advisor), Dan Smith (Senior Advisor).

Research staff

Dan Smith is the Director of SIPRI.
Karolina Eklöw is the Coordinator of the Environment of Peace initiative at SIPRI.