New Swedish initiative on climate security

A summer of extreme weather events around the world has pushed climate change high up the political and public agendas. SEI is proud to be a core partner in a new Stockholm-based climate security hub being launched at World Water Week, as well as leading a discussion on the important role of sanitation in meeting the Paris Agreement targets.

Launch of the Stockholm Climate Security Hub

A new hub for research into the security implications of climate change will be launched on Thursday. The new Stockholm Climate Security Hub is an initiative of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and will build on cooperation between four globally respected Swedish think-tanks: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University (SRC), and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Speakers at the launch will include Mr. Hassan Janabi, Minister of Water Resources in Iraq, Inger Buxton, Deputy Head of the Department of Global Agenda at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Karl Hallding, Research Leader on the Global Research Committee at Stockholm Environment Institute. The launch event will be open to the public.

The Stockholm Climate Security Hub’s overall aim is to cooperate on research and analysis on climate security and to communicate the latest knowledge in the field. The transdisciplinary research programme Mistra Geopolitics, which includes SEI and SIPRI, has already started to link climate and environmental research with geopolitics and will also contribute. The Hub aims to provide evidence-based support to policy-makers, including the United Nations and other international organizations.

The launch of the Stockholm Climate Security Hub is a milestone in Sweden’s ongoing efforts to push climate security on the international agenda. It follows the first UN Security Council debate on climate security in seven years, which took place under the Swedish Security Council presidency in July this year.

SEI at World Water Week 2018

This year the theme of World Water Week is water, ecosystems and human development. SEI will participate in or convene 10 seminars. Join us there or in our online discussions about water, climate security, sanitation, anti-microbial resistance, biodiversity and much more.