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Planetary Security Initiative

Mongolian herders combat consequences of climate change by using animal feed that is more resilient towards extreme weather changes.
Mongolian herders combat consequences of climate change by using animal feed that is more resilient towards extreme weather changes. Photo: Flickr / Asian Development Bank

The Planetary Security Initiative has three major objectives:

  • Enhance political awareness of and involvement in the climate-security nexus;
  • Build an inclusive community that is multi-lateral, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary; and
  • Create a regular structural platform for global cooperation.

A core activity in the Planetary Security Initiative is the annual Planetary Security Conference held in The Hague. The first Planetary Security Conference was held on 2–3 November 2015, the second on 5–6 December 2016, and the third on 13–14 December 2017. Prior to the 2016 conference, the report ‘Towards a global resilience agenda: Action on climate fragility riskswas published. The report presents an overview of policymaking in 2015 and 2016 that contributes to a global agenda for resilience. In December 2017, an updated report was published ‘Action on Climate and Security Risks’.

The 4th Annual Planetary Security Conference will take place on 19–20 February 2019 in The Hague with the theme ‘#Doable’. Ahead of the conference, SIPRI will author the report ‘Climate Security—Making it #Doable’. During the conference SIPRI will organise a session on ‘Establishing a UN joint climate security risk mechanism’ in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme. 

The priority themes of the 2017 conference were contextualised in The Hague Declaration on Planetary Security. The Hague Declaration sets out an Agenda for Action which identifies six concrete steps to reduce climate-related security risks. It has been signed by policymakers, experts and researchers from a diverse set of backgrounds and contexts. 

The Planetary Security Initiative was launched by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015. Since spring 2016 the initiative has been managed by a consortium comprising of adelphi, the Center for Climate and Security, the Clingendael Institute, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the Institute for Environmental Security and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 

Research staff

Dan Smith is the Director of SIPRI.
Dr Malin Mobjörk is the Director of the Climate Change and Risk Pogramme.
Karolina Eklöw is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme.