Planet vs people? Climate change and human security in Africa

2022-10-06

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

Speakers:

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

HE Ambassador Ahmed El Fadly, Egypt

HE High Commissioner Charles Asuako Owiredu, Ghana

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

Representative from AU-NEPAD (TBC)

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