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Clouding the Facts: Fake News, Climate Change and (In)Security

Public Discussion

Do not miss the chance to discuss one of the biggest issues facing our generation.

From natural disasters, to internal displacement and refugees, to conflicts fuelled by resource constraints, climate change has already had a dramatic impact on the security landscape – and will do so increasingly in the years to come. Security of every country will be in some way affected by the changing climate.

With access to information and official reports the threat multiplier effect of climate change should be common knowledge for policy makers and general public. However, in spite of this information, there are a number of influential countries and individuals, including those beholden to corporate interests and parroting so-called “fake news,” who choose to ignore the science. Yet, the multifaceted nature of security threats driven by climate change must be addressed by all serious decision makers since climate change emerges as the defining security challenge of our time.

 This event is a continuation of a 3-day course on “Climate Change: Security Challenges in Responses” and provides an exclusive opportunity in Geneva to discuss the influence of fake news on climate change and security debate and discover some facts about the state of our planet as of today. The distinguished panel will provide their analysis of the challenges facing policy makers, business world and civil society in moving ahead with climate action three weeks ahead of COP 23 in Bonn.


Mr Jonathan Lynn, Head, Communications and Media Relations, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Mr Vicente Paolo B. Yu, Deputy Executive Director, South Centre
Mr Alexander Verbeek, Founder of the Planetary Security Initiative


Ms Anna Brach, Human Security Cluster Responsible, Emerging Security Challenges Programme, GCSP

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GCSP, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eug[ne Rigot, Geneva

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