Video: Climate and peace in the Middle East

How can climate action support peacebuilding objectives?

A Syrian Kurdish family, fled from clashes between ISIL militants and PYD forces, carry their belongings_picture alliance. Effects of the climate crisis, like droughts and desertification, are amongst the biggest drivers of conflict around the world. Photo © picture alliance / AA | Ensar Ozdemir

Watch our event recording to learn about the intersection of climate action and peacebuilding in the Middle East.


During this event, leading experts shared their perspectives on the parameters for climate mitigation and adaptation policies that simultaneously contribute to peace and stability. Together we delved into the roles of various stakeholders – including governments, communities, and climate finance institutions – in promoting peace-positive climate initiatives and drew conclusions for the work of peacebuilding organisations.

At the event, Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation, also discussed findings from his recent book The Burning Question. Climate and conflict – why does it matter?, including on the environmental peacebuilding dimension of water management in the Middle East. In the book, Andrew Gilmour draws on his thorough understanding of global conflicts as well as on a wealth of real-life examples from his 30 years of working with the United Nations to examine a wide range of political and practical issues and their cascading effects on human and national security.

Climate and peace in the Middle East

How can climate action support peacebuilding objectives?

25 June 2024
15:00 - 16:30 CEST

Online event via Zoom.

This event was held in English.


  • Hassan Janabi, Former Iraqi Minister of Water Resources
  • Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets, and Advisory, Citigroup
  • Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation
  • Natasha Hall, Senior Fellow, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Moderated by Thomas Ritzer, Senior Advisor Climate and Peace, Berghof Foundation.


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