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SIPRI joins high-level event from the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security

Last month, the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security held a high-level event on ‘Economic Competitiveness and Resilience in the Era of Climate Change’.

The event, which took place in Stockholm, brought together experts from diverse sectors for a dynamic dialogue on a subject that transcends borders but also lies at the core of Sweden’s resilience, economic competitiveness and stability. 

SIPRI at Geneva Peace Week

SIPRI participated in two workshops at the 10th edition of Geneva Peace Week (GPW), which took place on 30 October to 3 November. The event is an annual forum though which organizations in Geneva and their international partners come together to share knowledge and practice on topics related to peace.

SIPRI at Africa Climate Week

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) played an active role in Africa Climate Week (ACW). The event was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 4–8 September and is one of four regional climate weeks to help build momentum ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) later in the year.

SIPRI hosts Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and EU security representatives

On Friday 16 June, SIPRI had the privilege of hosting a visit from Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and a delegation from the European Union’s Political and Security Committee (PSC). The PSC is a permanent body within the EU that deals with security policy. The visit featured a panel discussion on the theme ‘Towards an Environment of Peace’, moderated by Dan Smith, SIPRI Director. The high-level participants included:

SIPRI hosts interactive workshop on climate, environment, peace and security

On 14–15 June, SIPRI hosted a two-day interactive workshop on ‘Delivering an Environment of Peace: Moving from Policy to Action’. The workshop brought together international researchers, policymakers and practitioners, who work on issues related to climate, environment, peace and security. Participants shared some of the challenges they face in implementing responses to climate security risks and discussed practical ways forward.

Poorly understood environmental trends could become tomorrow’s security threats

(Stockholm, 4 April 2023) There is an urgent need to understand how a range of emerging ecological challenges could trigger catastrophic instability and insecurity, argues a new report published today by SIPRI. 

Five Urgent Questions on Ecological Security is co-authored by Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, and Rod Schoonover, CEO of the Ecological Futures Group and the former Director of Environment and Natural Resources at the US National Intelligence Council. 

SIPRI joins high-level meeting of the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security

Last week the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security, a cross-institutional research collaboration supported by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), held its third high-level meeting since its relaunch in May 2022. The meeting took place at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) on 26 January.

New report sets out the evidence and analysis behind SIPRI’s Environment of Peace policy report

SIPRI is pleased to release the Environment of Peace research report, which sets out in detail the evidential and analytical foundations of the policy report Environment of Peace: Security in a New Era of Risk that was launched in May at the 2022 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development.

SIPRI experts join the 2022 Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development

On 21–22 June SIPRI actively participated in the third edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development, which was on the theme ‘Africa in an Era of Cascading Risks and Climate Vulnerability: Pathways for a Peaceful, Resilient and Sustainable Continent’. The forum was held in a hybrid format in Cairo and online.

SIPRI co-hosts event on improving the effectiveness of UN peace operations against climate-related impacts

As part of the 'Climate-related Peace and Security Risks' project, SIPRI co-hosted an expert round table on maintaining the operational resilience of peacekeeping operations in the face of climate-related disruptions. The event was held on 10 May in New York.

SIPRI at high-level event on advancing the role of the OSCE in the field of climate security

On 29 September, SIPRI experts joined a high-level event on the role of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the field of climate security. Held in Vienna, the event was organized by the Swedish delegation to the OSCE as part of Sweden's current role as chair of the organization.

SIPRI Director addresses joint meeting of the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

On 22 April, Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, joined a virtual meeting of the Delegation for Relations with the Mashreq Countries and the Delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. The topic for the meeting was ‘The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Can the EU Help to Overcome the Dispute?’.

SIPRI launches new initiative to address the negative impact of environmental crises

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 2022, SIPRI today presents a new initiative which aims to address the negative impact of environmental crises. The ‘Environment of Peace 2022’ (EP 2022) initiative is led by SIPRI under the guidance of a distinguished panel of international experts.

Climate change challenges the future success of peacebuilding—shows new SIPRI study on Somalia

(Stockholm, 23 October 2019) Climate change poses serious challenges to current and future peacebuilding missions, according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) which studies the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

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

On 22–23 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.

New SIPRI research on climate change, renewable energy and security in the borderlands of Ethiopia and Kenya

SIPRI has been awarded a three-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS) to conduct research that investigates the changing livelihood conditions around the Omo-Turkana Basin—a lake basin which supports over 5 million people.

Frontiers in climate, resilience and security


Climate change related phenomena such as rising sea-levels, drought and resource scarcities are contributing conditions to social unrest and human insecurity. Livelihoods, food security and migration are all affected. There is a need to better identify and respond to the risks of instability and conflict arising from the interaction of climate change, environmental and ecological degradation and social, economic, demographic and political factors.