Brussels, 1 June 2021 - 13th Meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy

The 13th meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) was held on-line on Tuesday, 1 June 2021.

The event was the public launch of the Report of the North-Atlantic Civil-Society Working-Group on Environment and Security (NCWES): "Sustainable Peace & Security in a Changing Climate: Recommendations for NATO 2030".

In response to the opportunity for civil society organisations to contribute input in the NATO 2030 process the informal NCWES was formed to exchange ideas and produce the report addressed to the NATO Secretary-General ahead of the NATO Summit of Allied leaders on 14 June 2021.

The report involving 30 writers and contributors from among the 70 NGO and think tank representatives and individual members of the NCWES contains 116 policy options and practical recommendations to be considered in the NATO 2030 process which can help strengthen NATO in a time of new environmental-related challenges in the interest of promoting sustainable peace and security for all.

15:00-15:05: Opening and Welcome by Ronald A. Kingham, Executive Director, Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC)

15:05-15:25: Presentation of the report by Jamie Shea, Secretary General, Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC)

15:25-16:00: Panel Discussion moderated by Alexander Verbeek, Policy Director, Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) involving:
Olivia Lazard, Visiting Researcher, Carnegie Europe
The Hon Alice Hill, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret), President, American Security Project, Washington, DC

16:00-16:15: Moderated Q&A

  • Doug Weir, Research and Policy Director, Conflict and Environment Observatory
  • Ashley McIlvain Moran, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Georgios Kostakos, Executive Director, Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability

16:15-16:25: Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, RN (Rtd), Vice Dean (Public Policy), Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London speaks with Michael Rühle, Head of Hybrid Challenges & Energy Security Section, NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division responding to the NCWES report and commenting on the NATO 2030 process.

16:25-16:30: Closing