Brussels, 14 June 2021
According to the guide to the NATO Summit agenda, "NATO has recognised climate change as a security challenge for many years. In the Sahel, drought has fuelled conflict, driven migration and helped create the conditions for terrorism. In the Arctic, melting ice could lead to new geopolitical tensions.
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.
There are three areas where NATO has an important role to play. It will aim to set the gold standard on understanding, adapting to and mitigating the security implications of climate change by: monitoring and tracking climate change much more closely assessing the impact on assets and installations Alliance-wide; and reducing military emissions to contribute to the goal of Net Zero".The action plan was published on the NATO website on 14 June.
Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the start of the NATO Summit in Brussels. Photo by NATO.