15:45 - 17:00 Session 5: Enhancing the Role of the Security Community in Climate Diplomacy
Panel Moderator: Mr Alexander Verbeek, Founder, Institute for Planetary Security / Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute / Former Strategic Policy Advisor, Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Opening question to connect to the previous session:
With their risk analyses and importance in foreign policy making, actors of the security community (i.e. Ministries of Defence) seem to qualify very well for mainstreaming environmental security issues across other sectors. What do you think about this? Where do you see room for the security community to contribute to bringing the topic on top of the agenda?
Dependent on answers to the opening question, the discussion should be taken forward by firstly asking what steps have already been taken by the security community to adapt to the nexus of climate change and security? Secondly, what are the current obstacles which security actors have encountered in taking forward their initiatives and what would they specifically need to do to go beyond existing efforts? This latter question would relate back to session 4, which is why the discussion should be directed towards the question if a UN Security Council resolution is needed.
What would be the added value of a Security Council resolution? How could a resolution impact the security community, given the experience with Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security? Considering that climate diplomacy builds upon the interdependency between development, environment, climate, and security issues, working on climate security will require new forms of cooperation. The EU for instance has just brought forward the so-called Capacity Building for Security and Development, which allows for providing support to partner countries by making use of development funds to build military capability in the interest of sustainable development. What is the experience of the participants with a security background in working together with representatives from climate and development sectors? Would an SCR allow for new forms of cooperation between international organisations?
Lieutenant General Tariq Waseem Ghazi (Ret), Former Defense Secretary, Government of Pakistan / Member, Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change - GMACCC
Mr Marc Giacomini , Director, Deputy Managing Director Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues, European External Action Service – EEAS
Mr Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Ambassador Vuk Žugić, Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - OSCE
17:00 - 17:15 Session 6: Closing of the Conference
Conclusions and Closing Remarks - Mr Alexander Verbeek, Founder, Institute for Planetary Security / Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute / Former Strategic Policy Advisor, Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Follow-up by the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy – Mr Ronald A. Kingham, Director, Environment & Development Resource Centre - EDRC / Programme Coordinator, Institute for Planetary Security / Senior Advisor and Brussels Liaison, Institute for Environmental Security - IES
17:15 - 18:00 Reception
Hosted by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU