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Multilateral responses to climate related security risks | BCSC 2023

As the understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with interacting climate and conflict risks has grown in recent years, multilateral organisations have become an integral part of the response to these risks by driving joint approaches across sectors, nations and communities. In this session, panelists addressed the following questions:

  • How can multilateral solutions drive concrete actions and ensure context-specificity and relevance across different governance, political, economic and social systems?
  • How can multilateral responses facilitate transboundary cooperation and work with local partners to implement activities?
  • How can multilateral organisations provide a platform for political dialogue? How can this kind of dialogue be channelled into an agenda for action?
  • How can more alliances be built across sectors and at different levels of governance to better address climate related security risks?

Panellists shared insights and lessons learnt from their work, highlight key policy milestones and developments from their organisations and outline ongoing challenges, gaps and priorities moving forward.


  • Sagal Abshir, Environment Security Unit Head, UNEP 
  • Carlos Alvarado Quesada, former President of the Republic of Costa Rica and Climate Mobility Envoy of the UN Global Centre for Climate Mobility
  • James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
  • Cosmin Dobran, Director, EEAS Peace, Partnerships and Crisis Management Directorate

Moderated by Markus Hicken, Director for Energy Diplomacy, Climate and Security, German Federal Foreign Office

Production: Laís Clemente Pereira 
Direction, camera and editing: Paulus Müller-Hahl (Lichtbilder) 
The production of this video is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office 
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