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Online Panel Discussion at the Munich Security Conference Resilient Horizons: Charting a Course for Climate Change and Implications for Global Security

In recent years, the world has experienced a convergence of extreme weather events, food and energy crises, and global competition for critical resources, all highlighting the profound security implications posed by climate change. The international nature of these challenges necessitates enhanced cooperation among global actors (both public sector and private sector) to find effective and long-lasting solutions.

Foto Brandon Bohrn
Brandon Bohrn
Project Manager
Foto Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook
Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook
Senior Advisor
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Jasmin Ruhnke
Senior Project Assistant


In the face of these challenges, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in collaboration with the German Federal Foreign Office and U.S. Department of State, has curated a panel discussion at the 2024 Munich Security Conference featuring U.S. and German experts working at the nexus of climate and security affairs. The panel will engage in a wide-ranging dialogue, addressing key issues such as the intricate links between climate change and security threats, exploring effective policy responses, examining technological innovations, and fostering discussions on cooperation and partnerships to build a resilient future.

The panel will address the following key issues:

  • How does the international community assess the current and future security risks associated with climate change, and what are the key areas of concern?
  • In what ways can national and international policies be strengthened to address the security implications of climate change?
  • What role do technological innovations play in monitoring, adapting to, and preventing security challenges arising from climate-related events?
  • How can subnational actors and national governments collaborate to build resilience and mitigate the impact of climate-induced security risks?
  • How can businesses contribute to climate security efforts, and what incentives or initiatives can be put in place to encourage sustainable practices?

This event will take place on Thursday, February 15 from 18:00 to 19:30 CET.
Please follow the discussion live from Munich:

Alternatively, you can also watch the video live on YouTube.

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Executive Board Member, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Kate Guy, Managing Director for Climate Security and Cross Cutting Issues, Office of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, U.S. Department of State

Keynote Speaker:

  • Sarah Ladislaw, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Climate and Energy, National Security Council, The White House


  • Iris A. Ferguson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Arctic and Global Resilience, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Katarina Kertysova, Policy Officer, Climate and Energy Security, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
  • Dr. Kira Vinke, Head of the Center for Climate and Foreign Policy, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
  • Janani Vivekananda, Head of Programme Climate Diplomacy and Security, Adelphi Consulting
  • TBD German MOD or MFA representation


  • Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung