To officially launch the platform and discuss how the evidence and tools it provides can be linked to the HDP nexus policies, programming and investments.
Climate is linked to conflict, acts as a multiplier and exacerbates the risk of crisis and instability. Although this is widely recognized in the science-policy landscape, there is a lack of solid, localized and policy-relevant evidence on how exactly climate security risks can arise in different geographical contexts. The Climate Security Observatory (CSO) aims to fill this gap.
The CSO is an online platform for stakeholder decision-making that provides access to a range of global climate and security-related analyses. The CSO uses science on land, water and food systems to address the root causes of conflict. The aim is to reduce or avoid the risk of climate-driven insecurity by providing accessible and actionable knowledge at multiple scales. In the long term, this should contribute to the creation and maintenance of climate-resilient peace.
The CSO provides answers to four guiding questions to achieve its goal:
- How does climate exacerbate root causes of conflict?
- Where are the most vulnerable areas to climate-related insecurities and risks?
- Who are the groups vulnerable to climate and security risks that should be targeted?
- What needs to be done to break the vicious cycle between climate and conflict?
- Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Head of Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
- Dr Adam Day, Head of the Geneva Office, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research
- Dr Ana Maria Loboguerrero, Research Director of Climate Action, Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - CGIAR
- Ambassador Gamal Hassan, Head of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Centre for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Protection (CAEP)
Presentation of the CGIAR Climate Security Observatory
- Dr Theresa Liebig, Associate Scientist and CSO Lead, CGIAR
- Facilitated audience discussion and continued inputs from CGIAR experts
- Andrew Harper, Special Advisor to the High Commissioner for Climate Action – UNHCR
- Annika Erickson-Pearson, Community Management Lead, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform