Climate, Peace, and Stability, Lessons Learned from Sahel and Small Island Development States
8 October, 4:30-5:30 pm CET / 10:30-11:30 EST

There is increasing evidence that climate change is compounding security risks in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas of the world and makes peace harder to achieve or sustain. Research conducted so far, has largely focused on Africa and the Middle East, especially the Sahel region. However, this does not mean that the climate-security nexus does not affect other fragile states. This session brought together experiences from the Sahel region and Small and Developing Island States (SIDS) to explore the effects of climate change on security related issues and context appropriate responses to these risks.

While there is increasing research on the issue of climate and security, there are still significant knowledge gaps. This event was hosted by the Foreign Ministry of Denmark and took place 23 September 2021 during the 76th UN General Assembly week. It discussed in which areas more research is needed in order to combat climate related security issues and aims to advance better policies and practices on climate change, peace, and stability. Furthermore, it enabled the wider public to peek behind the curtains of the otherwise closed UN General Assembly week. 

Watch a recording of the session here


  • Adam Day, Director of Programmes, Centre for Policy Research, United Nations University