Mission: 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, analyzing, and addressing the security risks of a changing climate.

History: The launch 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. It was founded by the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), 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).

See a video of the IMCCS launch here.

Governance: The IMCCS consists of three main entities.

  • IMCCS Leadership: The IMCCS Leadership is an organizational consortium made up of an Executive Committee and Secretariat who govern the activities of the IMCCS. More.
  • IMCCS: The IMCCS is a Council of senior military leaders and security experts from the governmental and nongovernmental sectors, consisting of the full Council and an IMCCS Expert Group. More.
  • IMCCS Institutional Partners: IMCCS Institutional Partners are security organizations, networks and donors that formally affiliate with the IMCCS. More.

Products: The IMCCS Expert Group will publish an annual World Climate and Security Report beginning in 2020 – 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. More.