19 Sep

Peace, security and climate change

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Peace, security and climate change: What can businesses do to be part of the solution?

With the advent of delivering the Sustainable Development Goals agenda for 2030, International Alert is seeking ways to engage and collaborate with the business sector operating in volatile environments. Good business can be good for peace and sustainable development, but the mechanisms for achieving this are complicated. They are challenged by the fact that their operations tend to conflict with the needs of local communities, due to their impact on land and water, resources that are increasingly under pressure from climate change.

What are the challenges and opportunities for businesses? How can we work together so that the private sector can become a driving force for peace?

Join International Alert at our next Peace Talks event, celebrating the International Day of Peace and bringing businesses into the conversation.


  • Hans Bolscher, Former Director at the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands (chair)
  • Jessie Banfield, Director of Programmes, International Alert
  • Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt, Senior Sustainability Advisor, focussing on business and finance, Ministry of the Environment
  • Iain Watt, Principal Climate Specialist, Forum for the Future
  • Ele Jan Saaf, Managing Director, specialised in water management for peace and climate change, SaafConsult

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please note this is a closed event under Chatham House Rules.

International Alert’s Peace Talks is part of the Just Peace Festival activities organised in the city of the Hague.

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