Washington, D.C., 24 April 2018
The 7th meeting of The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security highlighted international initiatives on climate adaptation and water resources, with focus on risks to stability, conflict, food security and sustainable development.This special meeting outside of the Netherlands featured an interactive session with a Dutch UN Security Council representative, as well as views on climate impacts that affect military forces globally, including their capacity for humanitarian missions. A screening and discussion of the documentary“Tidewater,” on sea level rise,coastal military installations and communities, followed Roundtable discussions and networking lunch.
This meeting was co-organized by Matt Luna, Roundtable creator, Shiloh Fetzek of the Center for Climate & Security, and Dr. Marcus King of the GW Elliott School.
Russell Shorto, author and specialist on Dutch-American history and relations, acted as moderator. Rear Admiral Ann Phillips (USN-Ret.) led the screening and discussion of “Tidewater.” Special recognition goes to Heleen Bakker, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Netherlands for support and organizational input.
The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security is an independent forum to promote international cooperation in adapting to climate risks to human well-being, sustainable development, peace and political stability. Created in 2015, participants from representatives of governments and organizations share information and strategies in adaptation regarding water resources, natural disasters, sea level rise, migration, potential conflict and stability of fragile states.