Humanitarian impact of combined conflict, climate and environmental risks

23 September 2020 12:30 - 14:30 EST
Webinar
Streamed live online

Chair

Katie Peters  – Senior Research Fellow, ODI 

Speakers

H.E. Philippe Goffin – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Kingdom of Belgium 

Janez Lenarčič – Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, European Commission

Mark Lowcock – Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations

Peter Maurer – President, International Committee of the Red Cross

Filippo Grandi – High Commissioner, UNHCR

Abby Maxman – President and CEO, Oxfam America

Almoustapha Garba – Minister of Environment, Urban Sanitation & Sustainable Development, Republic of Niger

Description

In the past few years, the nexus between climate change and security has gained international attention, as climate change presents challenges that can aggravate both the risk and existing situations of armed conflict and other situations of violence. But equally or even more important from a humanitarian perspective are the challenges climate change, when combined with armed conflict, presents to the most vulnerable populations, including displaced populations, as they are disproportionately affected by the impact of droughts, floods, storms and heat.

An increasing body of evidence shows that people living in situations of armed conflict or other violence are often especially vulnerable to climate shocks as these shocks aggravate already existing vulnerabilities and inequalities.

As part of UNGA 75, our high-level panel unpacks how combined climate risks, environmental degradation and conflict exacerbate people’s vulnerability and reflect on how to better support global communities. We share latest reflections and analysis on these humanitarian concerns and present recommendations on how to adapt the response to strengthen people’s resilience.