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Environment of Peace

Environment of Peace
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Climate change and environmental degradation are already impacting peace and security in diverse ways. At the same time, the change needed to transition to lower-carbon, greener economies is fraught with risks, but also offers many opportunities to contribute to more peaceful, sustainable societies. 

Environment of Peace will synthesize the best available evidence on environmental change and its societal impacts. It will present new insights on the risks, challenges and promising solutions. And it will illuminate pathways for policy and action.

The initiative will release a major report in 2022, marking 50 years since the landmark United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (the Stockholm Conference).

Environment of Peace is supported by a panel of respected international experts, who will bring their knowledge and experience to the report and help to communicate its findings. The panel is chaired by Margot Wallström, Former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Commissioner for the Environment and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The other panellists are Jörg Balsiger, Director, Institute and Hub for Environmental Governance and Territorial Development at the University of Geneva; Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Administrator, UN Development Programme; Ilwad Elman, COO, Elman Peace Centre, Somalia;  Chibeze Ezekiel, National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Champion for Ghana and Coordinator, Strategic Youth Network for Development; Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India; Hindou Ibrahim, SDG Advocate and environmental activist, Chad; Ma Jun, Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China;  Johan Rockström, Co-director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany; Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications, Fiji; Dan Smith, Director, SIPRI; Isabel Studer, Founding Director, Sostenibilidad Global, Mexico; and Ulf Sverdrup, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

Download a PDF overview available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Listen to SIPRI Director Dan Smith discuss the project and its aims in a recent Peace Points episode. Listen to the Environment of Peace panellists discuss the initiative on SIPRI's YouTube channel.


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Research staff

Claire McAllister is the Project Lead for the Environment of Peace 2022 initiative.
Dr Florian Krampe is the Director of the Climate Change and Risk Programme.
David Michel is a Senior Researcher with SIPRI’s Environment of Peace 2022 initiative.
Jürg A. Staudenmann is a Seconded Expert for the Environment of Peace initiative.
Dr Elise Remling is an Associate Researcher with SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Karolina Eklöw is the Coordinator of the Environment of Peace initiative at SIPRI.
Dr Farah Hegazi is a Researcher in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Emilie Broek is a Research Assistant with SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Anniek Barnhoorn is a Research Assistant with SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Andrea Gadnert is Project Assistant for SIPRI’s Environment of Peace 2022 initiative.
Prathamesh Avinash Jagtap is an intern with the SIPRI Environment of Peace initiative.