In November 2004, the Heinrich Böll Foundation invited four environmental security experts from Africa to Washington, D.C., and New York to meet with members of U.S. government, U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and civil society organizations interested in enhancing regional and global security through environmental cooperation. At the Wilson Center on November 16, the visitors presented their experiences with conflict in Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan; discussed the environmental implications; and suggested opportunities for resolution through cooperation.
Linking Environment and Security: Conflict Prevention and Peacemaking in East and Horn of Africa collects these presentations, which--like the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change--find that ecological problems can contribute to intra- and interstate conflicts. Therefore, this publication seeks to contribute to this year's United Nations Millennium Review Summit and the Special Session of the UN General Assembly, which will address the reform of the United Nations to promote global security in the 21st Century.
the Heinrich Böll Foundation, outlines the role of environment and security
linkages in German and European foreign policy approaches.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a non-profit political foundation affiliated
with the German political party of Alliance 90/The Greens. Since 1998, the
Heinrich Böll Foundation has an office in Washington, DC. The Heinrich Böll
Foundation North America focuses its work on the issues of foreign and
security policy and transatlantic relations, global governance, sustainable development, social equity and gender democracy.