The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands announced the Planetary Security Initiative last year. 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.

The second international conference on Planetary Security is planned on: 5 and 6 December 2016. Please refer to our news article for further information on changes regarding the structure of the organizing team.


About the Conference

The conference provides an international platform for high level policy makers and experts working on the threats posed to security, stability and development by climate change, environmental degradation and resource scarcity.

The aim of the conference is to enhance knowledge sharing and international cooperation amongst leading decision makers, academics, think tanks and security organisations. In addition, this annual event in the Hague will create momentum for more coherent policy and action.

The Planetary Security Initiative will help create greater political awareness and wider involvement for implementing an integrated agenda to help strengthen resilience to climate-fragility risks.

Specific Objectives of the Conference

  • To provide a regular annual platform for experts on climate change and security to exchange information and increase cooperation.
  • To stimulate the involvement of a wider community of actors in the discussion and action on climate change and security.
  • To promote increased interaction between related initiatives and processes addressing the planetary security risks caused by climate change, environmental degradation and help shape the needed policies for the decades to come.