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The Peacebuilding Commission and Climate-related Security Risks: A More Favourable Political Environment?

The Peacebuilding Commission and Climate-related Security Risks: A More Favourable Political Environment?
Dr Florian Krampe and Jake Sherman
Publisher: SIPRI and International Peace Institute
September, 2020

Climate change and the associated climate-related security risks increase instability and have significant adverse effects on peace­building. Within the United Nations, there is a lack of consensus on which organs are most appropriate to respond to climate-related security risks. The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) has demonstrated a growing role as a forum for member state discussions on this issue. The PBC, with an emphasis on national ownership, has a mandate to work across the peace and security, development and human rights pillars of the UN; bring together the Security Council, Economic and Social Council, General Assembly and other organs of the UN; and convene relevant stakeholders from within and outside the UN system. This study shows that these attributes combine to make the PBC uniquely positioned as a forum for states to seek international support in relation to emerging climate-related security challenges.

Contents

I. Introduction

II. Climate change, peacebuilding and sustaining peace

III. The role of the Peacebuilding Commission

IV. Climate-related security risks in the Peacebuilding Commission   

V. Climate-related opportunities for the Peacebuilding Commission  

VI. Conclusions: Move slowly, steadily—and forward
   

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Dr Florian Krampe is a Senior Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Jake Sherman is the Senior Director for Programs for the International Peace Institute.