BDCD Events

BDCD 2017 International Conferenceer

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

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

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.

The 9th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy was co-organised by EDRC with GLOBE-EU at the European Parliament on 9 April 2019 in association with the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

In recent years the European Union, the IOM, the OSCE, and other international and regional organisations have increasingly been concerned about the security implications of a changing climate while adopting new policies and implementing new programmes on the relationship between climate change and international, national, regional, human and environmental security.

The aim of the briefing was to highlight recent and on-going initiatives by the EU, IOM, OSCE and others and discuss with an interdisciplinary audience what practical next steps are required to best implement European climate and security policies.

Implementing European Climate and Security Policies

Addressing the Security Implications of Climate Change
10th Meeting of the BDCD - 14 May 2019

Addressing the security implication of a changing climate requires an all-of-government and an all-of-society approach. The 10th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy will highlight the implications and examine how the military and defence community can play an important role in an integrated approach.
The programme includes presentations by   General Tom Middendorp, (Ret), Former Chief of Defense of the Netherlands / Chair, International Military Advisory Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS); Shiloh Fetzek, Senior Fellow for International Affairs, Center for Climate and Security / Research Coordinator, International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) and Tobias von Lossow, Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Unit, Clingendael - Netherlands Institute for International Relations.