The 11th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy was held in the form of an international seminar organised by EDRC with the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs.
Addressing the Climate and Security nexus is one of Belgium’s priorities for its 2019-2020 mandate as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council. Climate Change is a threat multiplier that is already having major impacts on international peace and security.
Recently more and more scientific research is aimed at mitigation alternatives through deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system or “geoengineering”, for example through solar radiation modification.
The Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs partnered with Environment and Development Resource Center (EDRC) to organize a seminar that took stock of current academic thinking on the security implications of these unprecedented techniques.
In addition, the event addressed the frameworks for governing geoengineering from both a security and climate perspective. The aim is to gather stakeholders from different backgrounds to stimulate an open exchange of ideas, to raise awareness and to contribute to further policy development.
Specific questions addressed included:
Opening Remarks by Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Defence, Kingdom of Belgium
Introduction to the Programme and Objectives by Alexander Verbeek, Policy Director, Environment & Development Resource Centre / Founder, Institute for Planetary Security
The Promise and Perils of Intervention in the Climate System by Oliver Morton, Briefings Editor, The Economist (formerly Energy and Environment Editor) / Former, Chief News and Features Editor, Nature / Author of The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World
Introduction to Geoengineering: Feasibility, Costs and Impacts by Dr Jason Blackstock, Associate Professor, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), Faculty of Engineering Science, University College of London
The Security Implications of Geoengineering by Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Ret.), Chairman, Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC) / President, Bangladesh Institute for Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS)
Applying European and International Law Principles and Practice to Geoengineering Governance by Tsvetelina Filipova, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Environmental Governance Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy
The seminar was organised by the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) and the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs in association with the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD), the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G), EGMONT - The Royal Institute for International Relations and the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC).
Image: NASA Earth Observatory