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Humanitarian Impact of Combined Conflict, Climate and Environmental Risks


On 25 September at 18:30 CET, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič will co-host a virtual event on the humanitarian impact of combined conflict, climate and environmental risks, co-organised by the EU and the Kingdom of Belgium. The event is organised in the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Those hardest hit by climate change are most often already in vulnerable conditions. People living in areas of conflict are particularly impacted by climate and environmental shocks as their resilience and capacity to cope has been degraded by armed conflict and violence.

While we know that these challenges will grow as the effects of climate change increase, the humanitarian impact of these interacting risks has received limited attention in international discussions on climate and security.

The objective of this UNGA side event is to unpack how combined climate risks, environmental degradation and conflict exacerbate people’s vulnerability and reflect on how to better support them.

Panellists will share their latest reflections and analysis on humanitarian concerns and present their recommendations on how to adapt our response to strengthen people’s resilience.

This side event will then offer a platform for discussion on these recommendations and on how to take into account a humanitarian perspective in discussions on climate and security.

Even co-hosted by:

  • H.E. Mr. Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management
  • H.E. Mr. Philippe Goffin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Defence, Belgium

Key note speaker: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Panel – moderated by Mrs. Katie Peters - Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

  • Mr. Al Moustapha Garba, Minister of Environment, Niger
  • Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Mr. Peter Maurer, President of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Mrs. Abby Maxman, CEO of OXFAM America

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Last updated 15/10/2020