Reports from the 2019 Planetary Security Conference

For the fourth time, The Hague has hosted from 19-20 February 2019 the Planetary Security Conference. This year, the conference’s motto was #doable. Implementation of measures to tackle climate security risks were on the table, and the conference was transformed into a platform for sharing experiences and lessons learned on preventative action.

We have compiled a series of expert interviews on key issues and regions.

*BEST OF Planetary Security Conference 2019*:

Climate policy as an approach for security – Interview with Susanne Dröge, SWP Berlin:
One of the biggest political challenges today is to close the gap between climate action and security objectives. Susanne Dröge argues that the debate on climate security is expected to become more prominent and dynamic in the near future.

Making cities livable through nature-based solutions – Interview with Luc Bas, IUCN:
Can climate change be better addressed through a more localised, city-centric and nature-oriented focus? Watch Luc Bas explain how nature-based solutions are being employed to make cities more livable.

Looking into security to make climate action #doable - Interview with Kishan Khoday, UNDP:
While translating climate action into reality still poses a challenge for the international community, the security nexus approach might offer a solution. Kishan Khoday explains how integrative measures can address security in crisis countries by tackling the climate and environmental SDGs.

Climate crisis in Iraq: The final straw that broke the camel’s back - Peter Schwartzstein:
In Iraq, climate shocks are deeply intertwined with the country's crumbling security. As a journalist, Peter Schwartzstein could observe how the lack of livelihoods in Iraq's drought-stricken rural landscapes has pushed young men to join terrorist organizations.

High urbanization and extreme weather: a dire mix for the Caribbean – Interview with Amilcar Kraudie:
Small island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean already struggle to cope with rampant population growth in its urban centers, and the scarcity of living spaces and resources that comes with it, argues Amilcar Kraudie.

With the right tools, water can become a source for peacebuilding – Susanne Schmeier, IHE Delft:
What if water – a resource that is at the center of many local and regional conflicts – could be utilized for fostering peace? It is this potential that the ‘Water, Peace and Security Partnership’ is seeking to leverage, according to Susanne Schmeier.

News on the Lake Chad crisis – Interview with Mohammed Bila, Lake Chad Basin Commission:
The issues that afflict the Lake Chad basin cross sectors and national borders – and so should their solutions. Mohammed Bila gives an overview of the main political developments in the last two years.

The Climate Diplomacy initiative is a collaborative effort of the German Federal Foreign Office in partnership with adelphi. The videos are supported by the Planetary Security Initiative.

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