Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2022 (in-person)
The in-person conference, BCSC 2022 will take place on 11-12 October 2022. It will convene high-level political actors, climate security experts and practitioners at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
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 practioners working to better address these impacts of climate change on international peace and security through diplomacy, development and defense approaches.
This fourth edition of BCSC is entitled Climate – Conflict – Clash of Crises: Weathering the Risks. BCSC 2022 will convene high-level political actors, climate security experts and practitioners at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on 11-12 October 2022. The Conference will address climate impacts on peace and stability and its inter-linkages 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. In the wake of various commitments to tackle climate security from international actors from the African Union to NATO, the conference will focus 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
Featuring a high-level political segment with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock the conference will take stock of the agenda for action set out in the Climate, Environment, Peace and Security Declaration and launch the Climate, Environment, Peace and Security Initiative, endorsed by G7 Foreign Ministers in May 2022.
BCSC’s innovative programme will include 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 are designed to be inclusive and engaging. geared towards identifying practical steps to move from theory to action on climate related security risks. The discussions will be informed by the flagship Weathering Risk initiative and its impact-focused Peace Pillar.
The sessions will comprise a mix of political dialogues as well as partner-led, interactive sessions. To ensure broad participation on all levels and from all regions, there will be a follow-up digital segment comprised of partner-run webinars and workshops, bringing together the broader climate security community of practice in the days succeeding the in-person conference.