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IES Events: Overview

2012

Climate & Security Envoys – New Developments in Climate Change and Security

6 November 2012 - Brussels

On 6 November 2012, the IES organised a seminar on “Climate & Security Envoys – New Developments in Climate Change and Security” in the European Parliament where a distinguished group of speakers examined the role of climate and security envoys.The meeting was organised in cooperation with Indrek Tarand, MEP (Rapporteur for Dossier: Role of the Common Security and Defence Policy in case of climate driven crises and natural disaster) and held under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU. » More

Ecocide: Developing a View from The Hague

5 November 2012 - Brussels

On 5 November 2012, the Institute for Environmental Security and Ecojust organised the workshop ‘Ecocide: Developing a View from The Hague’. The event was attended by eighteen international legal and environmental experts. Special guest speaker was Ms Polly Higgins, advocate and leading voice in the Eradicating Ecocide campaign. The focus was on discussing the matter from the perspective of The Hague as ‘Legal Capital of the World’ and in particular the issue of how legal institutions in The Hague could include ecocide as part of their mandate, making ecocide an international crime. » More

Environment and Security in the Southern Mediterranean Region

18-22 June 2012 - Amman

The IES is facilitating an OSCE project which aims to explore and map existing and especially new environmental issues that may have an impact on security as well as environmental implications of security policies in a region undergoing major political changes; create wider understanding of the national, regional and international frameworks and mechanisms available for cooperation on environment and security issues in the region; and to put forward recommendations for increased national, regional and international action and solutions on environment and security issues including with regard to the role of the OSCE... » More

Building Climate Change Institutions: The Case of Environment and Security

21 Mar 2012 - Brussels

The relative success of the climate change talks in Durban offer the world the opportunity to move beyond the discussion about funding and the modalities of mitigation. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations in 2015, the world now faces several decades of abrupt climate change with intense climate events. Humanity has no choice but to shape the institutions to manage the consequences of climate change on international security ...» More

2011

Africa, Climate Change, Environment and Security Briefing

8 Apr 2011 - Brussels

On 8 April 2011 the IES and The Centre in Brussels hosted a presentation of the recent publication "Climate Change and Security in Africa: Vulnerability Report". The report recognises that the security implications of climate change are of increasing relevance to international peace and security and that Africa - where adaptation mechanisms may be weak or uncoordinated - is especially vulnerable to insecurity related to water, food, energy, migration and natural hazards...» More

2010

ESA - IES Workshop on Europe's Arctic Course

8 December 2010 - Paris

On 8 December 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, organised a workshop on 'The Future of Space Cooperation in the Arctic Region'...» More



ENVSEC - IES Workshop on Environmental Security Assessments

21-22 November 2010 - Brussels

On 21-22 November 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in collaboration with UNEP and ENVSEC, organised a workshop on 'Environmental Security Assessment: Methodologies and Practices'. The meeting brought together experts with experience in designing and carrying out ESAs and policy makers and practitioners with a demonstrated interest in using such assessments...» More

"Illegal Trade in Natural Resources - What can Brussels do?"

29-30 September 2010 - Brussels

On 29-30 September 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security organised an international conference on illegal trade in natural resources. The event, held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, was aimed at promoting EU-based solutions for combatting illegal trade in natural resources... » More


"Environment, Development & Security: New Ideas, Fast Action"

01 September 2010 - Brussels

On 01 September 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in co-operation with GLOBE EU and with the support of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Development Co-operation, organised the meeting 'Environment, Development & Security: New Ideas, Fast Action'.... » More


The Hague Environmental Law Facility

20 April 2010 - The Hague

On 20 April 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in collaboration with the T.M.C. Asser Institute for Private and Public International Law, organised a workshop on "The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF)". » More




Climate Change & Security after Copenhagen

17 February 2010 - Brussels

On 17 February 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in association with the EastWeast Institute and within the framework of the Seventh Annual Worldwide Security Conference, organised the workshop "Climate Change & Security after Copenhagen". » More



2009

COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference - Side Events

Delivering Climate Security - 17 December 2009 - Copenhagen

On 17 December, the Institute for Environmental Security is taking part to a side event entitled "Delivering climate security: International coordination around security threats from climate change". The event, organised by E3G in partnership with IES, Chatham House and the Energy Security Initiative of Brookings, will gather leading climate security experts to explore climate change impacts on national security and how the global climate regime can address this threat.» More

Climate Change & Security at Copenhagen - III

Climate Change: The Role of the Military - 29 Oct 2009 - Washington, D.C.

The objective of this conference was to highlight the perspective of the world's militaries into the dialogue about impending security threats, focusing on two areas of threats, Afghanistan and glacial melt at the Third Pole. The conference witnessed the official release of the Military Advisory Council's First Statement, endorsed by senior officers from eight different countries, including the USA, India and the UK. » More

Climate Change & Security at Copenhagen - II

The Contribution of the Global Security Community to Success - 7-8 Oct 2009 - Brussels
Climate Change & Security at Copenhagen - II

In the struggle to contain damage from climate change, the negotiations at Copenhagen will be crucial. These negotiations take place against the background of a complex and rapidly changing international situation. Now, what can be done to ensure effective co-operation between Washington and Brussels in 2009 and beyond? This was discussed in Brussels on October 7-8, 2009. » More

GPC Roundtable Discussion on Trade and Climate

16 June 2009 - Geneva
Geneva Round Table

In this round table, hosted by the Graduate Institute, WTO and UNEP staff, NGO experts, academics and trade attaches from permanent representations in Geneva discussed the linkages between trade and climate. The possibilities to adapt the WTO regime to make it compatible with a post 2012 climate agreement and the need for more coherent trade and climate policy in capitals were central topics in the discussion. » More about this project

GPC2009 Project presented at Bonn Side Event

10 June 2009 - Bonn
Bonn Side Event

The Global Policy Coherence 2009 Project was introduced on 10 June, at a side event of the Bonn climate negotiations. The complexities of cooperation among government ministries on climate change and its relationship to economic arenas were highlighted. It was underscored that a successful climate solution will necessarily require change to financial and trade practices » Read full event report » More about this project

GPC Expert Group Meeting

18 March 2009 - Washington, D.C.
Expert Group Meeting - Washington, DC

A first Expert Group meeting was held in Washington, DC on 18 March 2009 in the framework of the Global Policy Coherence 2009 Project. It was decided to produce a hit list of ten ways in which greater coherence could be brought to the resolution of the parallel negotiations on climate, trade and financial governance » Read more about this project

Climate Change & Security at Copenhagen

New Thinking on the Atlantic Contribution to Success - 17 March 2009 - Washington, D.C.
Climate Change & Security at Copenhagen

The year 2009 is a defining moment for the issues of climate change & security. The negotiations at Copenhagen will be crucial in the struggle to contain damage from climate change. These negotiations take place against the background of a complex and rapidly changing international situation. The role of the Atlantic powers will be essential... » Read more about this event

2008

Planet in Peril - Poznan Outcomes & Copenhagen Prospects

15 December 2008 - Brussels
Planet in Peril

Immediately after the UN Climate Change talks in Poznan, the IES co-organised the "Planet in Peril" conference in Brussels on 15 December 2008. Experts from the EU and US evaluated the Poznan outcomes and considered the prospects for the world forging a new accord by December 2009 and the implications for international relations and security. » Read more about this event

Environmental Dimensions of Security - The Next Steps of ENVSEC

13 November 2008 - Brussels
ENVSEC

On 13 November 2008, the Institute for Environmental Security facilitated the organisation of the ENVSEC Conference in Brussels. The meeting, held at the European Parliament, was designed to bring the ENVSEC Initiative closer to the European sphere in Brussels and encourage new forms of cooperation with EU policy makers in the fields of environment and security. » Read more about this event

The impact of the US Elections on Transatlantic Relations

12 November 2008 - Brussels
After the Vote

With the current crises in finance, trade, environment and foreign policy, the US Presidential election result seems more important than ever to those in the rest of the world without a vote. What will the implications be for foreign policy and transatlantic relations? The IES co-organised the seminar "After the Vote" in Brussels on 12 November 2008 to examine such issues. » Read more about this event

The Importance of Military Organisations in Protecting the Climate

3-5 November 2008 - Paris
Military

One of the great untold stories of environmental success is the role of the military in assuring the success of the Montreal Protocol. Today, the military are focusing on what they can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop, complementary to the EU Member States Defence Environmental Network (DEFNET) meeting, was held in Paris on 3-5 Nov 2008. » Read more about this event

Roundtable Workshop Environment & Security: Challenges for Change

6 October 2008 - Barcelona
Challenges for Change

The objective of this roundtable workshop at the IUCN Congress in Barcelona was to bring together the world of conservation and sustainable development with the world of security and the military. In roundtables participants looked into the aspects of environmental security issues in various phases of violent conflict and how this may play out in different parts of the world. » Read more about this event

The Perfect Storm: Trade, Finance and Climate in 2009

15 September 2008 - Brussels
The Perfect Storm

For any new climate agreement to operate effectively there will have to be changes to the way the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund work. This seminar that took place at September 15th 2008 in Brussels examined the climate-friendly changes needed by these organisations to underpin an agreement at the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties (COP) in December 2009. » Read more about this event

Globalization and Environmental Challenges

14 July 2008 - Brussels
Globalisation and Environmental Challenges

Globalization and Environmental Challenges pose new security dangers and concerns. In this book, 92 authors from 5 continents assess the global reconceptualization of security triggered by the end of the Cold War, globalization and global environmental change in the early 21st century. On 14 July, the book was presented to the public in Brussels.
» Read more about this book launch

The Geopolitics of Climate Change

23 April 2008 - Brussels
GPCC

On 23 April 2008, The IES co-organised with the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) a half day symposium during which Dr. Peter Halden presented his recent book on "The Geopolitics of Climate Change". During his speech, Halden explained that "climate, in itself, is not a threat" and that its consequences are rather conditioned by the contexts of the societies facing them. » Read more about this event


2007

From Bali to Poznan: New Issues, New Challenges

18 December 2007 - Brussels
FBTP Poster

On 18 December 2007, the IES convened a conference on the subject of the impact of climate change on security and sustainable development. The conference, called "From Bali to Poznan: New Issues, New Challenges", was held at the European Parliament in Brussels and included presentations and debate on a great variety of topics.
» Read more about this conference

Forces for Sustainability

14-15 March 2007 - The Hague
Forces for Sustainability

Prevention, management and transformation of armed conflict implies a range of challenges for the military security sector as well as for the development sector. To discuss these challenges, the IES and IUCN-CEESP brought together decision makers, opinion leaders, peacekeeping professionals, scientists and NGOs in the Peace Palace on 14 and 15 March 2007. » Read more about this conference


2006

Greening Foreign and Security Policy: The Role of Europe

6-7 December 2006 - Brussels
Environment Development and Security are greatly interlinked

GLOBE-EU and IES co-organised this conference on "Greening Foreign and Security Policy: The Role of Europe" at the European Parliament in Brussels on 6-7 December 2006. The aim of the meeting was to help promote a political process for the better integration of environment and sustainable development into European foreign and security policies. » Read more about this conference

Symposium on Sustainable Development and Security

31 May 2006 - Brussels
Symposium on Sustainable Development and Security: Challenges and Opportunities at the European Parliament in Brussels on 31 May 2006

On 31 May 2006 GLOBE-EU and IES organised a symposium on "Sustainable Development and Security: Challenges and Opportunities" to begin to prepare for the December conference. The conference examined relationships between environment and security in the four stages of the conflict cycle: predicting instability; preventing conflict; managing conflict; and recovery and transition. » Read more about this symposium

Forum on Environment, Conflict and Cooperation

7 March 2006 - The Hague
Environment Development and Security are greatly interlinked

On the 7th of March 2006, the Institute for Environmental Security, The Hague, co-organised with Adelphi Research, Berlin, an afternoon Civil Society and Public Forum in connection with the Adelphi Research exhibition on Environment, Conflict and Cooperation.
» Read more about the Forum on Environment, Conflict and Cooperation



2005

Symposia on the State of the World - 2005: Redefining Global Security

28 February 2005 - The Hague / 1 March 2005 - Brussels
Peace Palace, The Hague

In the State of the World report 2005, Worldwatch Institute researchers explore the underlying sources of global insecurity including poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources. On 28 February and 1 March 2005, the IES co-organised symposia on the report at the Peace Palace in The Hague and at the European Parliament in Brussels. » Read more about the State of the World report 2005



2004

The Hague Conference on Environment, Security and Sustainable Development

9-12 May 2004 - The Hague
The Hague Conference on Environment, Security and Sustainable Development

From 9 to 12 May 2004, the IES led the organisation of "The Hague Conference on Environment, Security and Sustainable Development", held at the Peace Palace in The Netherlands. The objective of the conference and its follow-up is to promote more sustainable relationships between people, their environment and the natural resources they depend on. » Read more about The Hague Conference on Environment, Security and Sustainable Development


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