Who We Are
The Regional Climate Security Network for the Arab Region was founded in December 2020 by the Arab Water Council (AWC) and the League of Arab States (LAS) and UNDP’s Regional Office for the Arab States. The network is an initiative of the SDG-Climate Facility Project funded by SIDA and implemented by AWC, LAS and a partnership of United Nations Organizations (UNDP, UNEP-FI, UN Habitat, WFP and UNDRR), and works towards creating an integrated, cross-sectoral, collaborative, and pro-active regional approach to climate security.
The network was officially launched as part of a Regional Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Security held in December 2020. At this 3-day online event, a cross-section of stakeholders from the Arab region drafted a joint vision on climate security for the region and worked together in task forces to identify regional challenges, draft strategic objectives, and create targeted plans for addressing climate security in a nexus approach anchored in international agreements such as United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The strategic framework developed by the dialogue’s participants will inform the activities of the Regional Climate Security Network during its first year of operation, 2021.
As a newly founded network, we invite organizations and entities from governmental, non-governmental, academic, private, and civil society sectors working in areas related to climate security in the Arab region to submit an Expression of Interest to join our network. We welcome your input, knowledge, experience, and creative thinking to help draft a regional approach to climate security that is participatory, inclusive, integrated and output oriented, and that will equip the region with the knowledge and tools to address climate change related threats to security and sustainability in a pro-active, innovative, and collaborative way.
The Regional Climate Security Network (RCSN) is established as a regional think tank. It works as a platform that enables institutions across the Arab world – including government institutions, organizations and NGOs, UN, the private sector, academia, research institutions, donor agencies and other strategic partners – to develop and implement an Integrated Regional Climate Security Framework (IRCSF) for the Arab Region. The network’s objective is to help develop, design, facilitate and advocate for the transformations in policy and program development and implementation across the Arab region that are required to ensure that regional approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation are informed by the integrated, cross-sectoral approach of climate security.