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Climate, Peace and Security in a Changing Geopolitical Context: Next Steps for the European Union

PB 2302 EU Climate
Publisher: SIPRI
SIPRI, Stockholm:
February, 2023

This policy brief analyses current initiatives and ways forward to address the nexus between climate change, peace and security within the European Union’s (EU) foreign, security and defence policies. Considering Sweden’s reputation and credibility in advancing international cooperation on climate security and in light of the 2023 Swedish presidency of the Council of the EU, there is an opportunity to address the current lack of alignment between the climate and conflict-sensitizing work of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the climate adaptation and mitigation work of the European Commission. Closer collaboration between the EEAS, the European Commission and EU member states to align resources and tools would allow for a qualitative leap forward by fostering actions that are preventative rather than reactive to climate-related security risks in the short to medium term.



Time to address the action gap

Progress to date and ways forward

The Swedish presidency of the Council of the EU



Dr Simone Bunse is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Food, Peace and Security Programme.