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Planetary security initiative

Mongolian herders combat consequences of climate change by using animal feed that is more resilient towards extreme weather changes.
Mongolian herders combat consequences of climate change by using animal feed that is more resilient towards extreme weather changes. Photo: Flickr / Asian Development Bank

The Planetary Security Initiative has three major objectives:

  • Enhance political awareness of and involvement in the climate-security nexus;
  • Build an inclusive community that is multi-lateral, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary; and
  • Create a regular structural platform for global cooperation.

A core activity in the Planetary Security Initiative is an annual conference in the Hague. The first conference was held on 2–3 November 2015 and the second conference on 5–6 December 2016, and the third conference on 13-14 December 2017. Just before the conference in 2016, the report ‘Towards a global resilience agenda: Action on climate fragility riskswas published, which presents an overview of policymaking in 2015 and 2016 that contributes to a global agenda for resilience. In December 2017, a new updated report was published: ‘Action on Climate and Security Risks’.

In connection to the conference in 2017, the Hague Declaration was launched. The Declaration set out an Agenda for Action for the community of practice on Planetary Security and is signed by policy makers, experts and researchers from diverse backgrounds and contexts.

The Planetary Security Initiative was launched by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015. Since spring 2016 it has been operated by a consortium comprising Clingendael Institute, adelphi, the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) and SIPRI. 

Research staff

Dr Malin Mobjörk is the Director of the Climate Change and Risk Pogramme.
Dr Amiera Sawas is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Programme.