This is the first film in the ‘SIPRI Reflection’ series, which follows on from the successful 50th anniversary celebration series, ‘2016–A Year of Reflection’, with the aim to provide insightful and thoughtful analysis to guide viewers through some of the major themes of SIPRI’s wide-ranging work in peace and security.
This week saw the launch of the Stockholm Climate Security Hub, a cross-institutional knowledge platform supported by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The launch took place at the annual World Water Week in Stockholm.
On 22–23 May, SIPRI, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kenya Office (FES Kenya) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), convened a two-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to seek ways of better integrating the risks posed by climate change into peace and security processes in the Horn of Africa.
(Stockholm, 23 October 2019) Climate change poses serious challenges to current and future peacebuilding missions, according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) which studies the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
On 11 December, SIPRI’s Dr Florian Krampe participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid and engaged in the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) session on ‘Climate and Security—Emerging Trends and Adaptive Strategies’.
As part of its engagement in peace and security matters in Africa, SIPRI, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kenya office and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), convened a meeting of the Horn of Africa Climate Security Working Group in Addis Ababa.
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 2022,SIPRI today presents a new initiative which aims to address the negative impact of environmental crises. The ‘Environment of Peace 2022’ (EP 2022) initiative is led by SIPRI under the guidance of a distinguished panel of international experts.
On 20 November 2020, SIPRI briefed the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Security Council's Informal Expert Group on Climate and Security. The topic of the virtual meeting was the recent developments in Somalia.
SIPRI and NUPI have agreed to a three-year cooperation with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the collaboration is to inform the United Nations Security Council about climate-related security and development risks for selected countries and regions on the Security Council’s agenda.
On 29 January, SIPRI and the International Peace Institute (IPI) hosted a virtual expert-level dialogue with United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) members, focused on exploring the PBC as a forum for discussions on climate-related security risks.
On 26 March, SIPRI, IPI and NUPI hosted a virtual expert-level dialogue on the theme ‘Translating Mandates into Policy and Practice: Emerging Lessons from Operationalizing Climate-related Security Risks in Peace Operations and Peacebuilding’.
This report sheds new light on this urgent question, through a case study of one of the biggest peace missions active today, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
On 22 April, Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, joined a virtual meeting of the Delegation for Relations with the Mashreq Countries and the Delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. The topic for the meeting was ‘The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Can the EU Help to Overcome the Dispute?’.
Tomorrow (4 June) sees the debut of a new documentary featuring Johan Rockström, a member of the international panel guiding SIPRI’s Environment of Peace initiative and narrated by the renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
This week saw the launch of the Nordic-Baltic Network on Climate, Peace and Security, an initiative anchored in the Climate-related Peace and Security Risks project co-lead by SIPRI and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).
On 17 June, SIPRI, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Peace and Security Centre of Competence Sub-Saharan Africa and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) hosted a webinar on climate-related security risks in West Africa.
On 27 July, SIPRI, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) hosted an affiliated event of the United Nations Food Systems Pre-Summit on ‘From Conflict and Hunger to Stability and Nourishment: A Comprehensive Approach to Peace, Development and Humanitarian Action’.
On 29 September, SIPRI experts joined a high-level event on the role of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the field of climate security. Held in Vienna, the event was organized by the Swedish delegation to the OSCE as part of Sweden's current role as chair of the organization.
On 27 October, SIPRI, together with the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), hosted a virtual event exploring the water–energy–food nexus and its implications for climate change security.
On 10–11 November, SIPRI, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), convened the first meeting of the Regional Climate Security Working Group for West Africa.
SIPRI had an active and engaged presence at this year’s Munich Security Conference, 18–20 February. With climate change as one of the focus themes of the conference, SIPRI hosted a round-table discussion titled ‘An Environment of Peace: The Challenge of Securing both Peace and a Sustainable Environment’.
On 25 January, SIPRI and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a joint virtual consultation to inform the preparations for two flagship reports, SIPRI’s Environments of Peace report and UNDP’s ‘2021–22 Human Development Report’ (HDR).
(Stockholm, 23 May 2022) World leaders are failing to prepare for a new era of complex and often unpredictable risks to peace as profound environmental and security crises converge and intensify, according to a major report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
As part of the 'Climate-related Peace and Security Risks' project, SIPRI co-hosted an expert round table on maintaining the operational resilience of peacekeeping operations in the face of climate-related disruptions. The event was held on 10 May in New York.
On 21–22 June SIPRI actively participated in the third edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development, which was on the theme ‘Africa in an Era of Cascading Risks and Climate Vulnerability: Pathways for a Peaceful, Resilient and Sustainable Continent’. The forum was held in a hybrid format in Cairo and online.
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.
SIPRI, in collaboration with the governments of Germany and Sweden and the German Council on Foreign Relations, hosted a side event at COP27’s preparatory meeting (PRECOP27) in Kinshasa on 5 October. The event addressed the conflict situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its links to climate security.
Climate change related phenomena such as rising sea-levels, drought and resource scarcities are contributing conditions to social unrest and human insecurity. Livelihoods, food security and migration are all affected. There is a need to better identify and respond to the risks of instability and conflict arising from the interaction of climate change, environmental and ecological degradation and social, economic, demographic and political factors.
This event is organized by SIPRI, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Mistra Geopolitics. During the webinar, the editors and chapter authors of the new volume 'Anthropocene (In)securities: Reflections on Collective Survival 50 Years After the Stockholm Conference' will discuss some of the key issues of security and insecurity raised in the Anthropocene.