Climate, Peace & Security in the Global Goals


  • New York, NY — September 22, 2016 — 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
  • During the 71st United Nations General Assembly (by invitation)
  • Moderated high-level dialogue on climate, peace and security challenges and solutions in the Sustainable Development Goals agenda
  • Convened under the Chatham House Rule
  • Participants will receive thematic brief, invitation and details

This dialogue is the sixth in the series: Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation. Previous dialogues have focused on the following themes:

Mutual thriving is becoming a global security imperative. The costs of not getting there are now visibly too high, so building macro-critical climate resilience is essential for achieving reliable peace and security in the face of climate destabilization. Participants in the June dialogue addressed the core question: what insights, tools and opportunities will most effectively generate the macro-critical resilience needed to reduce vulnerability to climate disruption and prevent the slide into forced migration, human trafficking, conflict and other degradations of the human condition? 

Climate, Peace & Security in the Global Goals

Building on this prior work, the central challenge we put to ourselves in this dialogue is to identify challenges and develop solutions relating to climate, peace and security, in the 17 Global Goals and 169 Targets of the Sustainable Development Goals framework. Taking place alongside the 71st UN General Assembly—the first after universal adoption of the SDGs—this dialogue will identify high-value actionable priorities, and provide advice to governments working to move forward with full implementation of the SDGs domestically and in collaboration with other nations.

A full brief on the core questions that will be put to participants will be provided prior to the dialogue.

Through a series of ongoing projects emerging from the dialogues, we will develop monitoring capabilities to ensure all nations are able to move forward on strengthening climate-related peace and security, at the human scale, and in partnership.

Ongoing Projects Emerging from Previous Dialogues

Program for September 22

  • 9:00 am: Coffee and pastries for participants.
  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am: First half of moderated conference-table dialogue among participants.
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am: Short break.
  • 11:15 am – 12:45 pm: Second half of moderated conference-table dialogue among participants, including discussion of / invitation to (above) ongoing projects.
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch will be served.

Questions & Comments

Though space is limited and this small working dialogue is designed for high-level participants with a bird’s eye view over the landscape of global policy and issues related to climate, peace, and security, we would like to hear from all interested stakeholders and potential insight-contributors. Please use the following form to ensure your ideas play a role in this dialogue:

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