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Least Responsible, Most at Risk: Responding to Climate Threats in Coastal Developing Countries

26 September 2023, 11:00-12:00 EDT
Stimson Center, Washington DC

In this panel, experts will discuss how climate change affects national security in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and coastal Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the responses to these threats and efforts to build coastal climate resilience in frontline communities, gaps in the current approaches, and expectations for COP28 in Dubai. Panelists will discuss gaps in climate vulnerability data, how frontline coastal communities are already addressing the impacts of climate change, and the steps that donor states and financial institutions need to take to make more resources available to build climate resilience today.

This panel is the first of a series of Climate Talks of the German Embassy in Washington, DC organized by the Stimson Center. The series will include discussions over the next several months that cover the nexus of climate change and peacekeeping, finance, gender, and the Global South.


  • His Excellency Andreas Michaelis, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States (keynote)
  • Ms. Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director, Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center
  • Ms. Alice Hill, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
  • His Excellency Tapugao Falefou, Permanent Representative of Tuvalu to the United Nations
  • Ms. Christina Chan, Senior Adaptation Advisor, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, US Department of State


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