Planet vs people? Climate change and human security in Africa

This workshop discusses reframing climate change as an issue of stability, socio-economic resilience and development.

Climate change threatens not just the environment but the ability of individuals, societies, governments and economies to function and prosper. As such, it is a human security threat that rivals armed conflict and terrorism in its potential destruction of lives, property and stability.

This workshop recasts climate change within the human security context. It will explore the security implications and potential risks to Africa’s development trajectory. The event will launch a new ISS report on building Africa’s agency for COP27 and beyond.

This workshop is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the Africa Climate Foundation and the Climate Emergency Collaboration Group.

Moderator: Dhesigen Naidoo, Senior Research Associate, ISS


Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, ISS

HE Ambassador Ahmed El Fadly, Egypt

HE Ambassador Tobias Elling Rehfeld, Denmark

Faten Aggad, Senior Advisor on Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics, African Climate Foundation, Netherlands and South Africa

Lukas Rüttinger, Senior Advisor, adelphi, Germany

Ngozi Amu, Head, Research and Analysis, United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel

James Murombedzi, African Climate Policy Centre, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Dr Shehnaaz Moosa, Director, The Finance Hub, SouthSouthNorth and Director, Climate and Development Knowledge Network, South Africa

Development partners
This workshop is funded by the Africa Climate Foundation and Climate Emergency Collaboration Group. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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