Climate change and the safety risks that arise from it are a global problem. However, the effects and risks of climate change are not yet experienced the same everywhere. Despite all climate summits, it is therefore difficult to achieve global action. During this HagueTalks three international speakers will share their insights and experience on getting national and international action on climate security. What does it take to make climate security a truly global effort?
About the speakers
- Tom Middendorp. Tom Middendorp is the Former Commander of the Armed Forces and a senior expert on defense, security and strategic leadership. In his talk he will focus on why the military should address climate change when analyzing the roots of conflict. How they are part of a comprehensive answer to (natural) crises) And how they, as main consumer of fossil fuels, can contribute to addressing climate change.
- Vera Bukachi. Vera Bukachi is the Research Director and co-lead of KDI Kenya. KDI works with local residents to transform unsafe and under-used sites into “Productive Public Spaces”. Her talk will give the perspective of KDI’s work and how it contributes to planetary security through the eyes of girls and women. The talk will demonstrate the interplay between climate security and the work with women in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi.
- Elizabeth Sellwood. Elizabeth Sellwood is the head of the Environmental Security Unit at the United Nations Environment Programme, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Elizabeth previously served the United Nations in humanitarian and peace operations in the Middle East and Cyprus.
- Adnan Z. Amin. Adnan Z. Amin is the General-Director of IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency. The mission of IRENA is to support countries in their transition to renewable energy. In his talk, Adnan Z. Amin will focus on what we can do to accelerate renewable energy deployment to deliver a climate safe world. And how renewable energy can strengthen climate resilience.
- Moderator is Borzou Daragahi, an International Correspondent for The Independent. He has been covering the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Europe since 2002, with stints in Tehran, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, and now Istanbul. He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times.
About the Planetary Security Initiative
The Planetary Security Initiative Conference 2019 will be held in The Hague on 19 and 20 February. Under the title #doable, policy makers, researchers, NGO staff and the private sector meet in The Hague to discuss how climate change influences conflict and global stability. And what has to be done about it. Specially for HagueTalks, three speakers from this conference come to Humanity House to share their experience and insight with an audience.