Fostering Collaborative Solutions at the Nexus of Climate, Environment and Peace


Thematic Track: Addressing climate change through just transitions

Fostering Collaborative Solutions at the Nexus of Climate, Environment and Peace

World Bank, Kofi Annan Foundation, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • 02/11/2023 @ 09:00 - 10:30
  • GCSP- Conference Room 5th floor (pétale 4)

Climate change, environmental degradation, fragility, and conflict are interconnected, complex and pressing challenges. An integrated approach is needed to work on these issues in parallel, bridging strengths and partnerships across sectors and stakeholders to meet the challenge posed by reinforcing and compounding risks. While diverse actors may all be working to address similar root causes and interlinked and mutually supporting goals, there is an opportunity to innovate and enhance coordination. This session seeks to summarize and develop a vision for responding to the barriers to collaboration across stakeholders and sectors at the intersection of environment, climate, peace, and development.

This interactive and engaging workshop will bring together practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and donors working at this nexus.

To open, discussants representing various sectors (development, conservation, peacebuilding and diplomacy/donor agencies) will characterize the gaps or challenges in collaboration, with a focus on different actors’ comparative advantages and needs. Then, participants will be invited to form part of facilitated break-out groups to identify pathways to establish enabling conditions and catalyze collaboration across actors and sectors. Examples and key actions, resources, and other conditions identified will be reported back to the full group and compiled to produce a knowledge product summarizing next steps to facilitate transformative partnerships and reflect the knowledge and perspectives of participants.

Participants of varying experiences and backgrounds are invited to join this workshop; diversity is considered an asset in discussions, which the organizers will compile into a report to be circulated. This session will provide a structured opportunity for networking, sharing experiences, and envisioning a future of innovative collaboration at the intersection of climate, peace and development.



  • Anniek Barnhoorn,  Research Analyst,  Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Phoebe Spencer, Environmental Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank
  • Sebastian Kratzer, Environment, Climate, Peacemaking Lead, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • Verónica Ruiz, Programme Manager for Climate and Disaster Resilience, Climate Change Team, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Héloïse Heyer, Conflict Sensitivity Lead, PeaceNexus Foundation


  • Paloma Noriega, Associate Programme Officer, Adaptation Division, UN Climate Change, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)