The virtual event “Climate change, Defence and Crisis Management: from Reflection to Action”, held on 11 December, discussed the implications of climate change on EU crisis management and defence to provide solutions and foster cooperation. The event, which was co-organised by the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and the European External Action Service (EEAS), brought together a wide range of actors, including EU institutions and bodies, representatives from EU Member States, partner countries and international organisations, academia and industry.
In his opening statement, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell presented the Climate Change and Defence Roadmap.
The Roadmap identifies concrete ways for the EU to be better prepared to the emerging security challenges posed by a changing climate. Among the concrete actions it proposes, the roadmap enables the EU and its Member States to leverage existing channels to seek cooperation and synergies with relevant partner organisations, including the UN and NATO, as well as partner countries, while highlighting the EU’s global leadership in this regard.