The group also agreed on the importance of broadening the information exchange to also involve civil society engaged in awareness raising and policy research groups - as well as on the value of linking the Brussels Dialogue with meetings of The Hague Roundtable on Climate and Security and with the annual conferences of the Planetary Security Initiative.
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The third meeting was held on 28 June 2017 at the ACP Secretariat where participants began preparations for the first BDCD international conference which was held there on 20 November and involving a wider constituency of other organisations, governments, NGOs, think-tanks, enterprises and the media.
The Core Group held its 4th meeting at the UNEP Brussels Liaison Office on 18 September where there was a presentation on “Planetary Security Challenges - Where do we go together from here?” by Alexander Verbeek, Founder, Institute for Planetary Security / Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute / Former Strategic Policy Advisor, Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands.
The 5th session was held on 9 March 2018 at the offices of the NATO-Parliamentary Assembly which included a presentation on the EU Foreign Affairs Council conclusions on climate diplomacy (26 Feb 2018) by Anne Bergenfelt, EC DG Climate Action and Pascal Delisle, European External Action Service followed by an exchange of information from participating organisations on their recent and forthcoming activities..
The 6th meeting, hosted by the European External Action Service (EEAS), on 28 June 2018, included a presentation on Climate Change and the Military by Kim Vetting, Civilian Advisor, SHAPE J9 Civil Military Interaction, NATO; Richard Brewin, Project Officer, Energy & Environment Systems, European Defence Agency; and Neil Wood, Desk Officer, EU Military Staff, European External Action Service. That meeting also included a briefing on the 22 June EEAS conference “Climate Change, Security and Peace: The Time for Action” and a roundtable discussion on what can BDCD participating organisations do in terms of strategic planning and recommending new policies and practical actions.
The 7th meeting, held at the European External Action Service, featured Dr Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Center on Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts, Boston as the guest speaker on 27 September 2018. The topic was Climate Change Governance: Can a Multistakeholder Approach be effective and Democratic?