The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) in 2015. The first event was an international conference on “Planetary Security: Peace and Cooperation in Times of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges” on 2 and 3 November 2015 at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Now operated by a consortium of leading think tanks working on this topic, the goal of the PSI is to strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating the community of practice on planetary security.

The second international conference is planned on: 5 and 6 December 2016.


Specific Objectives of the Planetary Security Initiative

  • Enhance political awareness and involvement on the climate-security interface
  • Build an inclusive community that is multi-lateral, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary
  • Create a regular structural platform for global cooperation on planetary security

Through bringing together representatives of the private sector, civil society, academia, media and all levels of governance, the aim is to facilitate coordinated and timely responses to the risks and security threats of the present and the future.

About the Planetary Security Conference 2016

An annual conference in The Hague is at the core of the Planetary Security Initiative. It provides a regular space for experts on climate change and security to exchange information and increase cooperation, primarily through interactive parallel Working Groups focusing on emerging and acknowledged security concerns.

Furthermore, it stimulates the involvement of a wider community in the discussion and action on climate change and security and develops ideas that will help shape the needed policies and practices for the next 15 to 20 years.

The first Planetary Security Conference was held on 2-3 November 2015 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, with over 300 distinguished participants from 70 countries. This year’s conference will  consolidate, deepen and strengthen the gains made then by addressing the risks generated by climate change.