The international collaborative research project “Climate Change and Security in the UN Security Council” (CLISEC UNSC) provides, to date, the most systematic analysis of whether and how the 15 UNSC members approach the climate-security nexus in domestic and international policies and practices. With a large international network of interdisciplinary and country-specialized partner scientists, the analysis relies on a broad spectrum of official primary sources from state governments on policy, various ministry strategies (such as security strategies), UNSC documents, and interdisciplinary academic literature on the climate-security nexus. It brings to light how traditional security actors and other governmental entities include and describe climate-security linkages in basic policy frameworks and practices. The analysis covers 2007 through April 2020, with a particular emphasis on recent events.

The project is carried out in cooperation between the Institute of Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) and the Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) and is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

Research Results

The key findings of this project were published in an IFSH Policy Brief and in a more detailed version via an IFSH Research Report.