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Climate Security

Engaging the US, UK & EU security communities

Climate Security has long been at the forefront of E3G's research focus, which is demonstrated by the breadth of work produced by E3G and their resulting expertise. One of the first big successes in the field was in 2007 when E3G, with backing from the UK chair, helped to initiate the first UN Security Council debate on Climate Security.  It became the best attended thematic debate of the council.

John Ashton played an important role in the development of the debate through his role as special representative for Climate Change at the Foreign Office. E3G's directors have in-depth experience with different aspects of the security debate and risk planning within both government and the private sector. This includes work on a variety of policy areas including energy, fisheries, unstable states and organised crime. This experience has facilitated the exchange of ideas between US, UK & EU security communities and with key interlocutors in climate and energy fields.

In 2008 Nick Mabey authored a report for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) entitled 'Delivering Climate Security: International Security Responses to a Climate Changed World'. The report set out how the security sector can not only respond to the increasing threat of climate change, but also become part of the solution.

E3G's work on Climate Security culminated in 2011 with the publication of 'Degrees of Risk', a ground-breaking report on climate risk management, which has influenced the US Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Taskforce.

E3G have also contributed thinking to Climate Security through publications, delivering public talks, and hosting workshops. In March 2012 E3G hosted a Transatlantic dialogue on climate security risks, where a a delegation of senior US climate change and resource security officials were led around a number of high-level meetings in Berlin, Brussels and the UK in what proved to be an effective and agenda-setting week.

In February 2013 E3G published a report which investigated the role of climate change and resource scarcity in the Arab Spring. Entitled ‘Underpinning the MENA Democratic Transition’ the report warns that the spread of democracy could be reversed in the future due to the failure to address the threat of food and energy price shocks. This most recent study demonstrates E3G’s integrated approach as it covers political and economic analysis, alongside the instruments of climate finance to address the challenges covered in the analysis.

In the video below Nick Mabey speaks about the worrying lack of urgency on climate change despite 2015 being a critical year.