Climate change and security

[] Following the report in 2009 of the SG/HR and the European Commission which described climate change as a threat multiplier, in 2009 various Council working groups have discussed climate change and international security. The issue became an increasingly integral part of the political dialogue agenda with third countries including USA, India, Japan, and China, and international and regional organisations, such as UN, OSCE, ARF.

The outcome of the Copenhagen Summit underlined the importance of limiting future temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius if major challenges to global environment, economy and security are to be avoided. Whilst the security implications of climate change are real and already being felt in vulnerable countries, emerging economies and developed countries including the EU are also at threat from a more significant rise. (more at