Description: Climate change acts as a threat multiplier affecting security, straining military operations and infrastructure. It shapes geopolitics, influencing state behavior, potentially fueling conflicts, displacements, and migrations. NATO acknowledges the need to address this issue and aligns with global climate goals. Recognizing climate change's security implications, NATO outlined its Climate Change and Security Agenda. This agenda aims to heighten awareness, adapt to climate challenges, contribute to mitigation, and bolster outreach efforts. NATO plans annual assessments on climate impacts, integrating considerations into defense planning and capability development.
The Action Plan outlines goals: raising awareness through assessments, adapting military operations, contributing to emissions reduction efforts, and engaging with partners and organizations active in climate change and security. NATO aims to incorporate climate considerations into various aspects, from procurement to disaster response, and explore low-carbon technologies. This concerted effort aims to ensure NATO is equipped to handle the security challenges posed by a changing climate.
Scope: Global, International