Workshop 5.4

Workshop 5.4 Climate Change and Migration: Human security risk for the Mediterranean Region

Stream 3 Climate Change

Coordinator: Dr. Thanos Dokos, Director General, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, ELIAMEP
Date: Saturday 14:00 to 16:00
Location: MC 3

For most countries, security today is primarily measured in non-military terms and threats to security are non-military in nature. These threats include incompetent government, corruption, organized crime, insecure borders, smuggling [weapons, drugs, contraband, people], illegal migration, ethnic and religious conflict, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, shortage of natural resources [e.g., water] and, of course, terrorism. Security today takes in social development and demands the involvement of all elements of society in a way which security in the Cold War days did not.

Although the issues under examination have a global dimension, the panel will have a regional focus: the Mediterranean. In terms of thematic areas, after introducing the concept of human security, it will focus on two non-traditional and interlinked security challenges: migration and climate change.

The reaction and future strategies of governments will be discussed, both in relation with the management of population movements and in connection to the mitigation of climate change.

It will be argued that meeting these new security requirements demands fundamental reform of regional and national structures, and systems of governance. Likewise it demands the evolution of international institutions on a truly radical scale. Corruption will be a major issue as it is connected to a number of challenges such as:

  • human trafficking, as a by product of migration
  • corruption of public servants by organized crime
  • the need to reduce pollution, encourage clean energy and manage the consequences of climate change, which will involve the distribution of considerable funds by government agencies and international organizations to municipalities, corporations and individuals;

Respective speakers will address the importance of reducing corruption in addressing the problems outlined above.

Moderator: Thanos Dokos, Director General, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy ELIAMEP
Rapporteur: Josie Hooker, Americas Department, Transparency Intenrational

Anna Triantaphyllidou, Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy ELIAMEP  
Dimitri Lalas, Director of FACE3TS Ltd.
Theodore Skylakakis, Secretary-General for International Economic Relations and Development Co-operation and Special Representative of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs on climate change