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Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2022

Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2022

11 - 12 October 2022 (German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin)

17 - 20 October 2022 (Online)

Click here to watch the livestreams in Arabic, French and English.

You can rewatch the sessions here.

You can view the conference summary for BCSC 2022 here or download it below. 

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BCSC 2022 at a glance

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

What: Since its inaugural edition in 2019, BCSC has become the global forum connecting important stakeholders working to better address the impacts of climate change on international peace and security through diplomacy, development and defence approaches

When: 11-12 October 2022 (In-person, invitation only); 17-20 October 2022 (Online) 

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

Why: To address climate impacts on peace and stability and its interlinkages with current geopolitical challenges

AgendaThe in-person agenda (11-12 October) can be viewed here. For those who couldn't join in person or want to rewatch sessions, you can view the livestream recording here.

The digital segment agenda (17-20 October) can be viewed here. The video recordings are available here.

On the agenda 

This fourth edition of BCSC is entitled Climate – Conflict – Clash of Crises: Weathering the Risks. BCSC 2022 convened high-level political actors, climate security experts and practitioners at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on 11-12 October 2022. The Conference addressed climate impacts on peace and stability and its interlinkages with current geopolitical challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, trade and energy security and the looming food crisis.

BCSC’s innovative programme included new and emerging issues and debates, such as how to tackle rising geopolitical tensions linked to climate justice and feminist foreign policy as part of the response to climate security risks. The sessions were designed to be inclusive and engaging. geared towards identifying practical steps to move from theory to action on climate related security risks. The discussions were aösp informed by the flagship Weathering Risk initiative and its impact-focused Peace Pillar. 

In the wake of various commitments to tackle climate security from international actors from the African Union to NATO, the conference focused on three strategic goals:

  • Establishing informed responses to climate, peace and security as a top priority on international agendas including COP 27
  • Advancing climate and conflict sensitive policies and operations on the ground
  • Connecting people, knowledge and ideas across sectors, regions and disciplines to inform mutual and multilateral approaches

The in-person sessions (11-12 October) were comprised of a mix of political dialogues as well as partner-led, interactive sessions. To ensure broad participation on all levels and from all regions, the first segment was followed by a digital segment (17-20 October) comprised of partner-run webinars and workshops, which brought together the broader climate security community of practice in the days succeeding the in-person conference.

To learn more about why tackling climate change is vital to peace, you can view our video, produced in partnership with The Economist Intelligence Unit, here and view the infographics here

The agendas for the in-person (Left) and digital (Right) sessions can be downloaded below.

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