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Climate and resource security: recommendations for real policy action


By dxw

A Wilton Park event hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Lancaster House, London

A dialogue for the 21st century on climate and resource security was held earlier this week, seeking to identify possible national, regional and international policy frameworks, and practical recommendations for this 21st century challenge.

A climate and resource security dialogue for the 21st Century

22 – 23 March 2012 (WP1167)

Our meeting at Lancaster House, hosted by the FCO, brought together a range of expertise from across governments, academia, think tanks and other parts of civil society to discuss how governments can best respond to the emerging risks to global security and prosperity posed by climate change.

Speakers included:

  • President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabonese Republic
  • Edward Davey, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • Karl Hood, Foreign Minister, Grenada


Key themes and questions emerging from the discussion included:

  • The role for the military in the climate change sphere and its importance
  • The need to strengthen institutional frameworks and increase effective responses by alternative models and new diplomacy.
  • The need for new approaches to collectively tackle the food, water, energy nexus.
  • Encouraging leadership and responsibility on climate security – where should it be and how to hold it accountable?
  • The importance of getting the message across to the public and advocating for action on climate change.


Issues of definition arose with participants calling for a clarification of what security and climate change means, and what the impacts of environmental security really are. Four words cropped up consistently throughout discussion, they were embedded in calls for: consensus on the impacts and responses of climate change, common knowledge and information, and integrated and comprehensive approaches to tackle the problem.

Working groups aimed at identifying concrete policy recommendations at the national, regional and international level successfully developed policy actions, with many of the above key themes running through each of the levels. These policy recommendations will be available in full when the meeting report is issued.

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