01/04/201 – Plataforma CIPÓ took part in a meeting of the Group of Friends of Climate and Security, which brings together United Nations Member States, to discuss the security implications of climate change and what the UN system can do in order to address related challenges. CIPÓ Executive Director Adriana Erthal Abdenur spoke to an audience of UN diplomats and external experts about the methodology for climate risk analysis developed and applied to the Latin American and Caribbean context within the context of the Climate Security Network of Experts (CSEN), an initiative headed by adelphi (Germany).
Dr. Abdenur called attention to the role of socioeconomic inequalities in the region and to the importance of avoiding securitization of the Climate and Security agenda. The meeting also featured presentations by researchers from NUPI (Norway) and SIPRI (Sweden) and representatives from the UN Climate and Security mechanisms (CSM).
The Climate Security Expert Network (CSEN), which comprises some 30 international experts based around the globe, is a hub for research on the linkages between climate and security, their effects and responses to them. CSEN supports the Group of Friends on Climate and Security and the Climate Security Mechanism of the UN system by synthesising scientific knowledge and expertise, advising on entry points for building resilience to climate-security risks, and helping to strengthen a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities of addressing climate-related security risks.