Officials from interested G8 countries discuss climate impacts in fragile states and vulnerable countries

11 July, 2013

On 2 and 3 July, the UK hosted a meeting on climate change and security at Wilton Park. Policymakers from interested G8 countries discussed practical actions which countries can take to show leadership in responding to the impacts of climate change.

Climate change: implications for international resilience and for security

Meeting of climate security officials from interested G8 countries

Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 July 2013 (WP1262)

Foreign Secretary William Hague conveyed his support to participants in saying

“Climate change is probably the greatest non traditional threat that we face in the 21st century. It requires us to think and operate beyond our traditional boundaries and to bring together experts from diverse fields from policy and defence to science and development.”

The Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Neil Morisetti, chaired the event. There was a broad consensus among participants that global resilience to climate change and associated environmental and resource stresses needs to be strengthened. Without effective response measures, namely through enhanced international cooperation, these trends will make it harder for fragile and vulnerable states to achieve security and stability. Discussions focussed on the means to address this challenge.

Neil Morisett, Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change speaking at the conference and Robin Hart, Programme Director, Wilton Park

Neil Morisett, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change speaking at the conference and Robin Hart, Programme Director, Wilton Park

The UK assumed the one-year Presidency of the G8 in January 2013. G8 Foreign Ministers have recognised climate change as a contributing factor in increased economic and security risks globally.

 

Further information

Conference on Combating human trafficking: business and human rights

Conference on A climate and resource security dialogue for the 21st century

Climate change poses grave threat to security, says UK envoy (Guardian article 30 June 2013)

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