28 Feb National Climate-Related Security Policies of the UN Security Council’s Permanent Member States
The United Nations Security Council represents a key forum and lens into this debate, within which national governments’ positions on climate security continue to diverge. As background context to this debate, Mistra Geopolitics PhD researcher, Jiayi Zhou traces the national climate-related security policies of five key UN Security Council states: China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and France—the permanent members (or the P5) holding veto power. Specifically, it examines how more traditional security actors within each country have assessed the risk of climate change on national security, and the extent to which they have organizationally begun to incorporate any identified climate risks into their plans and operations.
Jiayi Zhou, researcher at SIPRI, and Mistra Geopolitics PhD student