BDCD Events

BDCD 2017 International Conferenceer

"Enhancing Climate Diplomacy in a Changing Political Environment"
New Opportunities for Cooperation among International Organisations on Climatic Threats
to International, National, Human and Environmental Security
Brussels • 20 November 2017

Related Events

IHE Delft hosted the sixth meeting of The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security on 21 September 2017. Rector Dr. Eddy Moors welcomed ambassadors and officers from 20 countries and 14 NGOs who came together for the half-day meeting to discuss cooperation in adapting to impacts of climate change.

The importance of water resources to security at a global level was examined in the context of the UN Security Council with emphasis on cooperation, to reduce threats to peace and stability. “Climate impacts have changed everything and it’s increasingly crucial to connect scientific researchers and policy makers,” said Alexander Verbeek, Planetary Security Initiative founder & former Dutch MFA strategic advisor, who led a brainstorming session with attendees on responding to climate-related crises.    >> Full Story

6th Roundtable on Climate & Security: Climate, Water, Migration and Regional Stability

5th The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security focuses on Water

The Roundtable meeting series is an initiative from the Institute for Environmental Security to share information and strategies to build action on addressing climate risks including natural resource availability, food security, migration, disaster response, and stability of fragile states. 


International cooperation on water-related climate risks was the theme of the fifth Hague Roundtable on Climate and Security on 19 April 2017. More than 40 representatives of embassies and non-governmental institutes shared strategies on water issues at the meeting hosted by the Ambassador of Australia to the Netherlands, H.E. Dr Brett Mason.

Threats and opportunities were examined from various perspectives with the aim of building capacities to peacefully address challenges such as sea level rise, disaster response, droughts and water-related conflict.

The presentation conisted of 3 parts:

(a) Operational challenges presented by climate change: military-strategic level
(b) Adaptation strategies: What has and can be done to overcome the challenges?
(c) Alternative approaches (e.g. the Ecosystems approach) which can also help build the bridge between civilian-military organisations. Download the presentation here..

The 6th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD), organised by EDRC, was hosted by the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels on 28 June 2018

The event 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.

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.

EU Council Conclusions discussed at 5th BDCD

Brussels, 9 March 2018

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7th Meeting of the Hague Roundatable held in Washington, D.C. 

Washington, D.C., 24 April 2018

“Climate Risks and Resilience – Highlighting Initiatives to Face Common Challenges” was the theme of a special meeting of The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington D.C. on Tuesday 24 April 2018. The event was co-hosted by the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs and the Embassy of the Netherlands to the United States. 

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7th BDCD Examines Pros and Cons of a Multistakholder approach to Climate Change Governance

Brussels, 27 September 2018                                                                                                              NEW: Video clip of interview with Harris Gleckman (1m36s)

3rd Planetary Security Conference launches The Hague Declaration  

The 2017 Planetary Security Conference changed the game on the issue of climate and security with the launch of The Hague Declaration. The six point plan has been signed by over 70 high profile experts, from ministers to ambassadors, mayors, generals and academics in the field, seeks to move the agenda from knowledge to action. Clingendael Director Monika Sie Dhian Ho told the opening plenary that the Declaration will help strengthen and deepen the work of the community moving forward. The conference - held in The Hague on 12-13 December 2017 and attended by 350 experts - came at the end of a year of ongoing and worsening political conflict and humanitarian crises including the devastating ones unfolding in Lake Chad, Iraq and Mali which were the focus regions for the two days.    >> Full Story

On 15 December 2017, the United Nations Security Council held the Arria Formula meeting to discuss the security implications of rising temperatures. The Hague Declaration on Planetary Security, developed and endorsed by the Planetary Security Initiative and partners, was discussed during the meeting.   >> Read More

Dr Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Center on Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts, Boston was the guest speaker at the 7th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy held at the European External Action Service on 27 September 2018. 

In his book, Multistakeholder Governance and Democracy: A Global Challenge, Dr Gleckman contends that multistakeholder governance is being proposed as the new way forward in global governance. For some in civil society and government, it is because they are frustrated with the lack of power of the UN system and multilateralism; for others, particularly in the corporate world, because they want a more direct hand and potentially a legitimate role in global governance.

This book examines the challenges presented to multilateralism and democracy by the further development of multistakeholderism. 

6th BDCD focuses on the Role of the Military in addressing Climate Change & Security

Brussels, 28 June 2018

European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action launched 

Brussels, 23 April 2018 

The shift towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy has been driven largely by bottom-up initiatives led by citizens, innovative businesses and various civil society stakeholders, as well as by local and regional authorities, collectively referred to as non-state and sub-national actors. In recent years, the number, scope and scale of non-state climate actions has grown rapidly. However, non-state actors still encounter obstacles that make it difficult for them to initiate and implement their climate actions successfully. 

In response, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions and the Climate Chance Association organised a regional Talanoa dialogue in Brussels on 23 April 2018 to launch the European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action. The purpose of this event was  to put forward an action plan aiming at assessing, recognising, accelerating and supporting climate actions, as well as improving governance. 

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Climate Change: EU Foreign Ministers call for global ambition to step up EU climate diplomacy 

Brussels, 25 February 2018 

On 26 February the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy. The Council reconfirms that the EU will continue to lead the way in the global pursuit of climate action. It also recognises the implications that climate change has for international security and stability. 

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>> Download the full text of the Council conclusions on climate diplomacy

Brussels, 20 February 2018 

A workshop on Climate Diplomacy on 20 February 2018 at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels provided members of the EP’s Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) with insights from experts on the state of play with climate diplomacy and provided an opportunity to reflect on the role of the EU in this field. MEPs Jo Leinen and Arne Lietz, co-rapporteurs of the EP’s own-initiative report on climate diplomacy, hosted the workshop.  

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Brussels, 22 June 2018 

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini today hosted an unprecedented high level event - Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action - which drove home both the urgency and importance of tackling the risks that climate change poses to security and peace. Ministers from around the world, top United Nations officials, and leading experts testified to the many real and potential security threats deriving from climate change. 

A key message from the meeting was that “No matter how much states, donors and development partners invest in promoting economic and social development as a means to prevent conflict and sustain peace and security, if climate risks are left out of the equation, much of that effort may be in vain”. 

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Experts brief EP Members on the State of Play with Climate Diplomacy 

European External Action Service hosts high level conference on Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action

From a theoretical, historical perspective it describes briefly how the debate on global governance evolved and what working principles of multilateralism are under threat from multistakeholder governance. From a sociological perspective, the book identifies a series of organizational beliefs shared by participants in multistakeholder groups and the likely changes in the roles that leaders in government, civil society, and private sector will face as they evolve into potential global governors. From a practical perspective, the book addresses the governance issues which organizations and individuals should assess before deciding to participate in or support a particular multistakeholder group. The practical chapters are based around sets of key issues and questions with case study examples used throughout the book. 

Dr Gleckman has a long engagement in climate governance extending from presentations on behalf of the UN Center on Transnational Corporations to the negotiations for the 1992 climate convention to serving as senior advisor on macro-economic issues in the Office of Executive Secretary for the 2009 Copenhagen COP.  He is the former Chief of the New York Office of UNCTAD, Project Planning Officer for the first UN Financing for Development Conference, and Chief of the Environmental Unit of the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations.

The meeting also included a briefing on the 22 June EEAS conference “Climate Change, Security and Peace: The Time for Action” and a round-table discussion on what can BDCD participating organisations do in terms of strategic planning and recommending new policies and practical actions.

The briefing on the outcomes of the EEAS conference was presented by Anne Bergenfelt, Senior Advisor, DG Climate Action, European Commission; Pascal Delisle, Adviser on Climate Change, Global Affairs, European External Action Service; and Neil Wood, Desk Officer, EU Military Staff, European External Action Service. 

The discussion on what can BDCD participating organisations do in terms of strategic planning and recommending new policies and practical actions was moderated by Alexander Verbeek, Policy Director, EDRC with initial remarks by Shiloh Fetzek, Senior Fellow for International Affairs, The Centre for Climate & Security; Louise van Schaik, Head of Sustainability Research, The Clingendael Institute; and Johanna Nyman, Policy Analyst, Climate and Environmental Governance, Institute for European Environmental Policy.

8th meeting of the BDCD looks at "EU and UN Action on Climate Diplomacy – The Year Ahead"

Title: EU and UN Action on Climate Diplomacy – The Year Ahead

Date: 23 January 2019

Venue: Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels

Climate change and its effects are already proving to be a threat to international security. Extreme consequences are already affecting many people’s livelihoods and biodiversity on the planet.  

With key multilateral processes being threatened by various international developments, climate diplomacy needs to be given an even stronger role within foreign and security policy. Therefore this workshop aimed to look at how the EU can continue to strengthen its climate diplomacy potential in the current international climate. 

Speakers included:

Anne Bergenfelt, Senior Advisor, DG Climate Action, European Commission
Pascal Delisle, Adviser on Climate Change, Global affairs, European External Action Service
Kamiel Mesie, Associate Political Affairs Officer, UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security 
Luisa Rölke, Head of Division Environment and Building, Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union 

The meeting also included presentations of the Think 2030 paper on "Reinforcing Environmental Dimensions of European Foreign and Security Policy" by Johanna Nyman, Policy Analyst, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and of the book "EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations" by Stephen Minas, Assistant Professor, School of Transnational Law, Peking University, China, and Senior Research Fellow, Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London, UK.

With key multilateral processes being threatened by various international developments, climate diplomacy needs to be given an even stronger role within foreign and security policy. Therefore this workshop aimed to look at how the EU can continue to strengthen its climate diplomacy potential in the current international climate. 

Key questions addressed in the discussion included: 

     What are the environmental dimensions of EU foreign policy? How can they be reinforced?
     What are the recent and forthcoming policy developments in EU and UN climate diplomacy policy and action?
     What are the opportunities to scale-up more foreign policy action in relation to addressing climate change?
     What are the main expected challenges?
     What role can progressives play in forthcoming developments?
     What new opportunities are emerging for BDCD participating organisations to work together in the year ahead to help        
     advance climate diplomacy policy and practice?

The meeting was organised for the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) by the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) and the European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS) with the support of the European Parliament and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.