Africa: Climate Change, Security and Violent Conflict

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 13 June 2018
European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) , Anatomy Museum, College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS, United Kingdom

The second energy talk in the 2018 series on Climate Change and Security, jointly hosted by Konrad Adenauer Foundation in London and EUCERS, will focus on the link between climate change and security issues in Africa. They welcome Harriet Edwards, Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser – Climate Change and Environment for UNICEF to this panel discussion. A full programme will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are already experiencing rapidly changing weather patterns, for example flooding in Mozambique and drought in the Horn of Africa. This talk will examine the link between climate change and human security across the continent. Through examining cases of civil unrest in Somalia, conflict in Sudan, or violence in the Niger Delta, this talk questions the underlying causes of climate-exacerbated conflict and link terrorism to the climate challenge. How has climate change increased migration across frontiers? Has competition over natural resources exacerbated violence? Can we link increased terrorist activities to climate change? Although this has conventionally been seen as localized isolated problems, it is now beginning to be viewed through a global lens. As such, this talk will look at climate change and human security in Africa. It will also look at global approach to climate action and how industry, states, and civil society are addressing this pressing issue. 

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