This session will focus on the intersection between climate and security.
Five years since the Paris Agreement, the outlook for global climate change goals seems dire: experts estimate global warming to be progressing even more drastically than previously expected. Climate change has implications for Allied security across NATO’s neighbourhood, with more people already being displaced due to increasingly severe natural disasters than through conflicts and more than 140 million expected to become internally displaced by 2050 due to climate change. In particular, experts have observed that rising global temperatures and knock-on effects are changing the rules of the game in the Arctic and making the region increasingly susceptible to great power competition.
Building on an expert spotlight presentation introducing the town hall audience to the topic of climate change and its implications for our shared security, a conversation at the level of heads of state and government will explore the implications for NATO Allies.