Climate change, violence and young people

Report for UNICEF UK

This UNICEF UK commissioned report, co-authored by the Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and International Alert, adds to a growing body of research which emphasises the role of climate change and environmental stress as a ‘threat multiplier’ in terms of stability and security. The report finds that regions where large youth populations will be present in the coming decades currently have low resilience to the impacts of climate change and generally experience poor governance and social and political instability. The worsening effects of climate change, combined with growing social, economic and political pressures as a result of rapidly-expanding populations, will place additional strain on governments and social systems that are already over-burdened – potentially triggering, or exacerbating, social unrest, instability and even conflict.