The International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) is a group of senior military leaders, security experts, and security institutions across the globe dedicated to anticipating, analysing, and addressing the security risks of a changing climate.
The creation of the IMCCS was announced at The Hague, Netherlands, on February 19, 2019 in response to a growing demand from military professionals for sharing information and best practices on addressing the security and military dimensions of climate change.
The IMCCS was founded and is administered by the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, in partnership with the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and the Planetary Security Initiative of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael).
HCSS Special Strategic Advisor Tom Middendorp is the chair of the International Military Council on Climate and Security and HCSS Deputy Director Michel Rademaker is a senior member of the Executive Committee.
The IMCCS Expert Group publishes an annual or biennial World Climate and Security Report – a global assessment of the security risks of a changing climate and recommendations for addressing them – as well as shorter briefers on key topics of interest.
- Climate Security Snapshot: The Balkans, July 2022
- Decarbonized Defense: The Need for Clean Military Power in the Age of Climate Change, June 2022
- The World Climate and Security Report 2021, June 2021
- Climate Security and the Strategic Energy Pathway in South Asia, February 2021 (PDF)
- Climate Security and the Strategic Energy Pathway in Southeast Asia, February 2021 (PDF)
- Climate Security Assessment (HCSS) January 2021
- Climate and Security in Brazil, November 2020
- Climate and Security in the Indo-Asia Pacific, July 2020
- The World Climate and Security Report 2020, February 2020
Climate change is driving unprecedented risks to the geostrategic landscape of the 21st century.
Militaries have a responsibility to help prevent and prepare for these risks.
– The Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security
A Growing Crisis
The Launch of the World Climate and Security Report 2021