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SIPRI and partners convene regional dialogue on climate security in the Horn of Africa

SIPRI and partners convene regional dialogue on climate security in the Horn of Africa
On the Road to Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Photo: Flickr/ A. Davey

On 22 and 23 May, SIPRI in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kenya Office (FES Kenya) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) convened a two-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya to seek ways of better integrating the risks posed by climate change into peace and security processes in the Horn of Africa region.

Participants in the workshop, which was held under the Chatham House Rule, represented a diverse group of policy, academic and civil society experts from different countries of the Horn of Africa who discussed new ideas and regional cooperation opportunities on the issue of climate change and risk.

 

Horn of Africa Climate Security Dialogue

Climate change-related security risks have far-reaching implications for the way the Horn of Africa manages peace and security in the future. Together with partners (FES Kenya and PACJA), the goal of these regional dialogues on climate security is to develop new ideas and identify relevant areas for incorporating the impacts of climate change into collective security mechanisms in order to improve climate security in the Horn of Africa region. Through a series of regional dialogues, this working group facilitates the exchange between its members as well as different stakeholders and experts—including political decision makers—with the objective to trigger new thinking about regional, continental, global and collective action opportunities to address and mitigate climate-related security risks more holistically.

 

SIPRI’s work in the Horn of Africa

SIPRI has in the past looked at climate-related security risks as well as regional responses through the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Currently, SIPRI is conducting research on how climate change is impacting the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.

SIPRI’s work in the Horn of Africa region also looks at the interface between the fast-developing regional agendas of external emerging and traditional international security actors, and the evolving conflict dynamics within the region. Read more.