The World Climate and Security Report 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic gripped the globe shortly after the release of the inaugural World Climate and Security Report at the Munich Security Conference in February 2020. Despite the immediate and acute challenges of the pandemic, 2020 was an inflection point for global climate action. In the past twelve months the world has witnessed a sea change in the attitudes and urgency amongst many nations and other actors for addressing climate change risks. In the United States, the election of President Joe Biden has led to expanded opportunities to advance climate security internationally, in concert with partners, allies and others around the world.
This 2021 edition of the World Climate and Security Report builds on the regional risk analysis of the previous report to provide concrete climate risk assessment tools, and takes a deep dive into the climate security risks facing many regions of the world. Additionally, it draws lessons from existing climate security practices regarding addressing climaterelated security risks, concluding that while a great deal of analysis and planning has been done on the importance and potential of integrating the climate security nexus into development, diplomacy and defense activities, the actual number of implemented measures is small. The transition from concepts of climate security to implementation is critical and urgently needed.
Read the full report here.