Eight of the ten countries hosting the most multilateral peace operations personnel are located in areas highly exposed to climate change. UN peace operations are increasingly tasked by the Security Council to consider and respond to climate-related security risks.

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The UN has also been involved in a campaign over the last decade to reduce the carbon footprint of its peace operations. In this seminar we will consider the new challenges posed by climate change for peace and security, the impact of climate change on UN peacekeeping operations, and what India’s own experiences has been with climate change in the peacekeeping operations it has contributed too.

The event is hosted by the United Service Institution of India, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). It is a part of the project “Climate-related peace and security risks”, co-lead by NUPI and SIPRI.

Speakers bio:

Maj Gen BK Sharma (Retd), Director, United Service Institution of India. He has very rich combat experience and was awarded by the President of India thrice. He has been a UN Military Observer in Central America, India's Defence Attache in Central Asia , commanded a Division on the China border and has been Senior Faculty Member at the National Defence College. He specializes in Strategic Net Assessments and Scenario Gaming. USI-India tweets at @USI_1870.

Dr Manish Shrivastava is an assistant professor at the Department of Energy and Environment at the TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi where he teaches courses on climate change governance and, law and justice in a globalizing world. He tweets at @manishipta. 

Ms. Rania Dagash-Kamara is the Chief of the Policy and Best Practices Service in the Department of Peace Operations. For the past twenty years, her experience spanned policy, strategic planning, political affairs, operations and programme management with the United Nations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including SPMs as well as peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. Focused on peace and security setting, Rania has served in Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sudan and Ethiopia. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Head of Office in Nairobi for the UN Mission in Somalia and has also served as Chief of Staff in two offices: the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan and the UN Office to the African Union. She served with UNHQ with OCHA and in UNHQ Geneva with the Office of the Joint Special Envoy for Syria.

Dr Florian Krampe is a Senior Researcher and Director of the Climate Change and Risk Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), specializing in peace and conflict research, environmental and climate security, and international security. He is also Specially Appointed Professor at the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability at Hiroshima University, Japan. He tweets at @FlorianKrampe.

Maj Gen A K Bardalai (Retd) was the Commandant of the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan from October 2011 to January 2014. Earlier, he served as a Military Observer in the United Nations Verification Mission in Angola in 1991-92. He was awarded the Ministry of External Affairs Fellowship at the United Services Institution of India for the year 2003-2004 for his research on “Changing Global Security: Its implications for UN Peacekeeping Operations.” Later, he also served in Lebanon as the Deputy Head of the Mission and Deputy Force Commander of UNIFIL from 2008 to 2010.

Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien, is the United Nations Resident Coordinator in India. Ms Dessallien has served the United Nations for 35 years in Africa and Asia in many capacities, including 17 years as a UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Before taking up her assignment as UN Resident Coordinator in India, she was a senior fellow at the Oslo Governance Centre at UNDP in Norway.

Dr Cedric de Coning is a Research Professor with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), where he co-directs the Center on UN and Global Governance, coordinates the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON), and leads the Climate-related Peace and Security Risk (CPSR) project. He is also a Senior Advisor for the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). He tweets at @CedricdeConing.

Maj Gen PK Goswami, VSM (Retd); Deputy Director, The United Service Institution of India. He was Military Observer with United Nations Verification Mission at Angola (UNAVEM) in 1991-92 and Senior Faculty at National Defense College, New Delhi. Officer represented National Defence College, India at 16th ASEAN Regional Forum for Heads of Defence Universities, Colleges and Institutions at Beijing, China in Nov 2012.