In 2020, the Berlin Climate and Security Conference (BCSC) was once again the global meeting space to discuss how climate change is affecting peace and security and to explore the concrete actions to address climate-security risks. Whilst adopting a hybrid online and in studio format this year, it nevertheless proved an important space for international organizations, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society to convene.
BCSC 2020 was in held online in two parts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the success of the high-level political Part I of BCSC 2020 (June 2020), we capitalised on the digital format to broaden the topics of the conference, connect a wide variety of experts, and reach globally as well as sectorally diverse participants with Part II. BCSC 2020 reached an audience of over 3620 across five continents. Part II, running from 7 September to 2 October involved 22 carefully curated sessions on the most pressing or cutting edge issues pertaining to climate and security risk response, run by 16 organisations.
Four sessions specifically focused on bridging the gaps between science and policy, bringing together world leading scientists and experts to inform the upcoming Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment, discussing the political implementation, and methodology, of comprehensive climate risk assessments.
Whilst keeping to an agenda focused on covering questions that are key to understanding and addressing specific risks of climate change and security, we ensured each and every session took a holistic view to situate climate and security in the broader risk landscape such as as part of a COVID recovery.
After launching the Berlin Call for Action in 2019 and working to increase the momentum for decisive action to address climate-related drivers of conflict and instability, BCSC 2020 was the second iteration of this event.