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Climate, peace, stability: Lessons learned from Sahel & Small Island Developing States | BCSC 2021

There is increasing evidence that climate change is compounding security risks in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas of the world and makes peace harder to achieve or sustain. Research conducted so far, has largely focused on Africa and the Middle East, especially the Sahel region. However, this does not mean that the climate-security nexus does not affect other fragile states. This session brought together experiences from the Sahel region and Small and Developing Island States (SIDS) to explore the effects of climate change on security related issues and context appropriate responses to these risks.


  • Adam Day, Director of Programmes, Centre for Policy Research, United Nations University


  • Jeppe Kofod, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
  • Sultan Al Jaber, Special Envoy for Climate, United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Hana AlHashimi, Head of Office of the Special Envoy for Climate, United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • H.E. Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Maldives
  • H. E. Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mauritania
  • H.E. Abdoulaye Diop, Foreign Minister, Mali