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Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2023

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BCSC 2023 at a glance

Registered participants can find logistical information, including hotel suggestions, here.

Who: High-level political actors, climate security experts, international organisations, and practitioners.

What: Since its inaugural edition in 2019, the annual Berlin Climate and Security Conference (BCSC) has become the global forum connecting governments, international organisations, experts, and practitioners working to promote interlinkages between different approaches within the climate and security agenda whilst also critically interrogating complex new challenges like securing critical minerals for a conflict-sensitive energy transition while discussing how high COP28 expectations on mitigation, adaptation, finance and Loss and Damage can be realised.

When: 6 October 2023 (In-person, invitation only); Online session dates to be announced

Where: The in-person segment of BCSC will take place in Berlin at the German Federal Foreign Office. 

Why: To promote, coordinate and advance concrete climate security approaches and initiatives to drive action and implementation efforts.

Agenda: You can view the preliminary agenda here.

This fifth edition of BCSC is entitled Building a Climate for Peace and will convene policy makers, decision makers, and climate security experts from across the world. With no time to lose to accelerate climate action ahead of COP28, the conference will focus on three strategic goals to ensure that climate action and sustainable peace go hand in hand:

  • Solutions for fragile contexts: Identifying ways to promote more accessible and conflict sensitive climate solutions (including finance) for fragile and conflict-affected communities in the lead up to COP 28 and beyond;
  • Tools and knowledge: Spotlighting tools, resources, and capacities to advance integration of climate and conflict sensitive analysis and policies into operations and programming on the ground;
  • Incentives: Connecting people, knowledge and ideas across sectors, regions and disciplines to strengthen synergies between mutual and multilateral approaches and initiatives.

The conference will examine best examples of locally informed risk analysis, policy-making and implementation to advance contextually informed climate security action in response to intensifying and interconnected global crises. Being motivated by the urgent need to promote, coordinate and advance concrete climate security approaches and initiatives to drive action and implementation efforts, BCSC 2023 seeks to:

  • Showcase best practice of context specific, community driven and participatory climate and conflict sensitive policies and operations;
  • Build awareness of and capacity to use risk and foresight assessments and climate security decision-making tools and how to translate it into peace building action;
  • Connect the dots between lived experiences of climate change, existing resources and insufficient disbursement, expertise and technical skills;
  • Facilitate expert discussion on new, emerging themes and challenges on the climate security horizon;
  • Link climate action and security objectives and identify how the role of the defence sector can adapt. 
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The German Federal Foreign Office

The German Federal Foreign Office has been working on climate diplomacy for many years, supporting the integration of climate-related security risks into its bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. Under the German UNSC presidency in 2011, the UN Security Council adopted its first statement acknowledging the risks of climate change for international peace and security. On 1 August 2018, Germany, together with the Pacific state Nauru, officially established the Group of Friends on Climate and Security in the United Nations.



adelphi is an independent think tank and leading international public policy consultancy on climate, environment and development. Our 200-strong team of experts and specialists plays a key role in generating and promoting new ideas, shaping debates, building new strategies and setting agendas. We help to forge new paths towards a sustainable future, both by providing scientifically sound policy analysis and by working in dialogue with political and civil society actors and decision-makers.


Climate Diplomacy

The Climate Diplomacy initiative, a project by adelphi supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, explores the foreign policy dimension of climate change and climate policy, including different regional and thematic approaches to it. Its website also provides arguments for enhanced international cooperation and diplomatic engagement for climate in multi- and bilateral fora.

The Climate Diplomacy project includes support for bringing the topic of addressing climate fragility risks into different international fora. Despite the increasing salience of the topic of climate change and security, there is currently no single address to turn to for support and policy advice.