NATO’s approach to Climate Change
The NATO's Climate Change & Security Impact Assessment
On November 8, 2022, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated during a COP27 virtual event that “Russia’s weaponisation of food and energy as part of its illegal war in Ukraine underlines the need to increase resilience, diversify energy supplies and sources, and accelerate the transition to cleaner, greener economies”. Humanity as we know it is currently facing a myriad of climate-related phenomena that threaten our existence. This is an issue that concerns individuals, societies, governments and international organizations, this including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The threat of climate change has been a priority area for the Alliance for many years —since 1969 specifically, when it established the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS)— and it has devoted resources and efforts to contribute to climate security and protect the environment, which have been translated into guidelines and policies for member states. This article aims to highlight some of the main issues pinpointed by NATO, as well as the initiatives underway, to palliate the much negative effects of climate change.
Climate security: mitigating and adapting