The Climate and Security Working Group International (CSWG-I) is an international forum of security experts and professionals focused on sharing information and best practices regarding the international security risks of climate change, and developing policies for addressing those risks
The CSWG-I’s International Climate and Security Consensus Statement, released on November 15, 2016, was signed by 27 members of this group, representing a broad range of nations and experience – including in the military, national security, and foreign policy fields. The statement opens with the following determination:
We the undersigned members of the international security community conclude that climate change is a risk to international peace and stability. We call on world leaders to address climate risk in their national, regional and international security planning.
To help address those risks, the drafters offer a few top-line solutions. For example:
Addressing climate security risks in alliances and major international forums is essential: in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Organization of American States, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and the UN Security Council, as well as building on the efforts of the G7 foreign ministers through the A New Climate for Peace project.
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