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South Pacific Defence Ministers: Defence Organizations Must Be Ready for Climate Change

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Members of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force prepare to embark aboard the Royal Australian Navy_ anding ship heavy HMAS_Tobruk

In case you missed it: The South Pacific Defense Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM) issued two important products in May demonstrating heightened concern about the defense implications of climate change among regional militaries, including important U.S. allies and partners. This includes:

  1. A Joint Communiqué from the SPDMM, as represented by Australia, Chile, Fiji, France, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga
  2. A report commissioned by the 2017 SPDMM, titled “Implications of Climate Change on Defence and Security in the South Pacific by 2030,” coordinated by the Observatory on Defence and Climate at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) – a consortium partner of the Center for Climate and Security in the IMCCS.

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Is Climate Change Driving a New South Pacific Security Architecture?

Sealift Solomon IslandsThis is a cross-post by Nicholas Burke from Relief Analysis Wire.

Last week, an inaugural meeting of South Pacific defense ministers took place in Tonga–an initiative spearheaded by Australia. Present were Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, France, Chile, and (as an observer), the United States. Front and center on the agenda was collaboration on humanitarian and disaster relief operations, maritime surveillance, and plans to conduct joint exercises throughout the region. (more…)