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Briefing: Climate Change will Affect Security, even in the North
EJC Seminar for Journalists, 4-6 November 2009, Brussels
6 November 2009
On 6 November, IES Information Officer G?raud de Ville attended a briefing involving 20 journalists from across Europe on the subject of Climate Change and Development at the European Commission.
The briefing was organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC), an international institute active in mid-career training for all sectors of the media, and EuropeAid with the aim of providing journalists useful information and contacts for their reporting ahead of Copenhagen.
Speaking at the morning session on Climate Change & Security, G?raud started by introducing the IES Climate Change and International Security programme to the audience.
He then briefed the journalists with specific examples of areas where climate change could challenge peace and security including the Arctic, where the melting of ice will facilitate access to huge reserves of oil and minerals. Water shortages will affect other regions such as the Nile Basin and the Himalayas causing concerns in already fragile political contexts. Changes induced by a changing climate will affect entire regions, and serious cooperation will be required from affected countries to cope with it.