The Implications of Climate change for Defence
In the run-up to COP21, which will be held in Paris in December 2015, the French Ministry of Defence organized on the 14th of October at Ecole Militaire in Paris, with the support of the Senate, an international conference on climate change and its impacts on both international security and national defence policies.
Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the COP21, along with the French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, opened the conference attended by the Ghanaian Defence Minister, Benjamin Kunbuor.
It brought together Defence ministers from all continents, representatives of major international and regional organisations, as well as MPs, senior defence officials, academic experts, representatives from NGOs, and companies from all around the world.
This meeting, the first of its kind at the international level, allowed the highest defence authorities of numerous countries to address climate change, the risks associated with it as well as the measures taken by Defence departments to contribute to public policies of sustainable development.
Benjamin Kunbuor, Ghanaian Minister of Defence made a presentation on “pressure on natural resources and food security."
Ministers shared their experience and vision regarding the risks and vulnerabilities caused by climate change in their region, but also its potential consequences on their defence policy and Armed forces.
Officials then discussed the contribution of their department to public policies for sustainable development, from eco-design of weapon systems, to the energy efficiency of infrastructures and equipments, and the protection of ecosystems in operational theatres.