SIPRI is hosting the Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks, initiated during Sweden’s membership to the United Nations (UN) Security Council (2017–18).
Established in January 2018, the expert working group aims to produce policy-relevant assessments of climate-related security risks which can strengthen decision-making and programming on those risks within the UN.
In 2018, the expert working group—together with external researchers and the working group
secretariat—will produce research on four geographies: Iraq, Lake Chad, Somalia and a further geography in Central Asia. The reports will build on research and insights from the field to provide integrated risk assessments of climate-related change and security—as well as other social, political and economic aspects.
On the occasion of Sweden’s July 2018 Presidency of the UN Security Council, the group published the report ‘Lake Chad Region – Climate-related security risk assessment.’ The second report 'Iraq - Climate-related security risk assessment' was published in August 2018.