Countering the consequences of climate change – MSC hosts Human Security Roundtable in Bahir Dar
On April 20, on the sidelines of the Tana High-Level Forum on African Security, the MSC will host a Human Security Roundtable focusing on current security challenges in Africa. Around 40 high-ranking representatives of governments, research institutions and civil society will meet to advance the debate. The event is organized in partnership with the Tana Forum and the African Union.
The year 2017 was one of the three hottest on record (the other two being 2015 and 2016) and was marked by catastrophic storms, droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events. Particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, climate change and environmental degradation constitute dangerous threat multipliers. As extreme weather events, such as heat waves and coastal flooding, occur more frequently, societies throughout the region become more exposed to the consequences of climate change. This is even more the case, because local governments lack sufficient capacities and financial resources to implement adaptation strategies to mitigate negative environmental effects.
Thus, cooperation and coordination of local, regional and international efforts is crucial in order to tackle these challenges. For this purpose, the MSC has invited a select group of senior-level decision makers to participate in its Human Security Roundtable on the sidelines of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa. The Munich Security Conference has a unique relationship with the Tana Forum, which the MSC helped to set up seven years ago. Reflecting this commitment to a forward-thinking discourse on African security, the MSC periodically returns to Ethiopia to support and promote topics that transcend African and European security.
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Human Security and the MSC
Over the past decades, security threats have become ever more complex. Accordingly, the traditional discourse about security policy must be broadened to reflect the multitude of threats to human livelihood. The international community is increasingly witnessing the wide range of challenges affecting the lives of billions of people and destabilizing entire regions.
Indeed, some of the past years’ most significant humanitarian crises, caused, for instance, by pandemics, famines, floods and droughts, have further alerted the security community. Human hardship – caused by climate change, environmental degradation, or human rights violations – is oftentimes the root cause of serious, sometimes even armed conflict. As these trends become more pronounced, the security community needs to ready itself for more crises and conflicts.
Effective responses to these challenges must build on a cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach. That is why the Munich Security Conference organizes events and conferences on issues such as health, migration, and the environment and thus promotes discussions and collaboration between the security community and development officials and experts, NGO leaders, international organizations, the research community, and the private sector. Building in particular on the success of its health security series, the MSC is now grouping its activities on these issues in the Human Security Series.
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual flagship conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions. In addition, the MSC Foundation hosts a number of smaller, albeit equally high-profile, events around the world. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic activities, such as the Cyber Security Series, the Health Security Series and the European Defence Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.