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The report of the North-Atlantic Civil-Society Working-Group on Environment and Security (NCWES)

In response to the opportunity for civil society organisations to contribute input in the NATO 2030 process, the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) invited the non-governmental organisations participating in the BDCD and other NGOs, think tanks and individual experts to form the informal North-Atlantic Civil-Society Working-Group on Environment and Security (NCWES) to exchange ideas and produce the report entitled:

Sustainable Peace & Security in a Changing Climate: Recommendations for NATO 2030

The group consists of over 50 representatives of 25 organisations plus 20 others serving in their personal capacities who are all experts on a wide range of climate, development, environment, and security issues.

The report prepared by 30 writers and contributors contains 116 policy options and practical recommendations to be considered in the NATO 2030 process which can can help strengthen NATO in a time of new environmental-related challenges in the interest of promoting sustainable peace and security for all.


Inside the Report

The report contains 116 policy options and practical recommendations for consideration in the NATO 2030 process.

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Comments on the Report

Comments by reviewers and readers of the NCWES report.

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NCWES in the News

Reviews of the NCWES report in the press.

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NATO’s Renewed Focus on Climate Change & Security: What You Need to Know

23 June 2021 - This pithy but powerful plan — just three pages – expressly acknowledges climate change’s role in state political fragility, conflict, displacement, and migration

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Canada to establish and host a new NATO Centre of Excellence on Climate and Security

Brussels, 14 June 2021 - Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s proposal to establish and host a new NATO Centre of Excellence on Climate and Security and work with Allies as the Centre’s framework nation.

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The military’s contribution to climate change

Brussels, 16 June 2021 - A lack of transparency makes it hard to calculate the true scale of military emissions but it’s clear they are significant.

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Did NATO members just pledge to reduce their military GHG emissions?

Brussels, 15 June 2021 - Despite the media narrative, the NATO summit failed to agree clear goals for its members to reduce their military emissions.

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EU - U.S. Summit Statement stresses commitment to tackle climate change

Brussels, 15 June 2021 - The EU-US summit on 15 June 2021 marked the beginning of a renewed transatlantic partnership and set a joint agenda for EU-US cooperation in the post-pandemic era.

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Nato considers net zero by 2050 target in move to green military operations

Brussels, 15 June 2021 - Joe Biden has put the hefty – and underreported – carbon footprint of tanks and fighter jets on the transatlantic security agenda

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Nato and climate change: How big is the problem?

15 June 2021 - For Nato members, extreme weather could also risk the welfare of their military personnel abroad, or the integrity of their operations and equipment.

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NATO Climate Change and Security Action Plan

Brussels, 14 June 2021 - In March, Allies agreed a new Climate Change and Security Agenda and NATO is now developing an ambitious action plan on climate change for the Summit.

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ESA-SatCen Workshop on Climate Security

Brussels, 14 June 2021 - Using EO data and technologies to understand the challenge posed climate security scenarios.

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International Military Council Issues “World Climate and Security Report 2021” Warning of Catastrophic Climate Risks and Urging Significant Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Washington, D.C., 7 June 2021 - The Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) released its second annual World Climate and Security Report on 7 June 2021.

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The new challenge for NATO: Securing a climate-changed world

New Atlanticist, 20 April 2021 - After returning the United States to the Paris Agreement, US President Joe Biden invited forty world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate that he will host virtually on April 22 and 23.

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