Der Klimawandel als sicherheits- und entwicklungspolitisches Problem

15 June 2022 | 4 - 5:30 pm | Webinar via Zoom

Dialogue series: "Security policy consequences of climate change in Africa".

The dimensions and consequences of climate change pose enormous challenges, especially for Africa. The problems are no longer limited to the more direct consequences such as water and food shortages or environmental disasters, but climate change also functions in particular as a multiplier of the existing danger situation, exacerbating conflicts, creating new threats and exacerbating already existing dangers. In addition to making the security and development consequences and threats related to climate change more visible and better understood, it is also important to find solutions and to focus on the possibilities for action of the actors on the African continent.
In cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the six-part dialogue series will focus on the security and development policy consequences of climate change. The aim is to discuss these issues, which are important for the countries of the global South as well as for Germany and Europe, with high-ranking experts and to raise awareness of their importance in the public discourse.
The online dialogue series will deal with different facets of climate change in Africa in a total of six Zoom webinars. After an initial introduction to the basic problem areas with their security and development policy aspects, our experts will focus on water and food security as well as energy and resource security. In the closing event, individual best-practice examples from pilot projects will be presented and further discussed to what extent the lessons learned from these examples could be transferred to other African countries in order to look to the future in a solution-oriented manner and to counter the multiple impacts of climate change in Africa with expertise, innovation and a wealth of ideas.



Iris Müller

Advisor to the NRW Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Dr. Enrico Fels

Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies; University of Bonn

Keynote speeches and following discussion:

Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann MdB

Chairwoman of the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag; Chairwoman of the FDP Düsseldorf

Dr. Melanie Meitzel

Federal Ministry of Defence

Dr. Maria Ayuk

Bonn SDG Fellow at CASSIS

Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Mahn

Research Director of "Green Futures" at the Collaborative Research Center 228; Institute of Geography; University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran

Head of the Climate Change and Security Research Group at the Centre for Earth System Research and Sustainability; University of Hamburg


Jules Maaten

Head of the Regions Department in the International Affairs Division of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom 


Further information

In cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

More information on the dialogue series "Security and Development Consequences of Climate Change in Africa" can be found here.

For more videos of the dialogue series, please visit our Youtube playlist.

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