GMACCC Call for Action Presented at COP 21 Paris


In the time since the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC) issued its first Call for Action in 2009 at Copenhagen COP 15, the view that the military should have a key role in preparation and response mechanisms to combat the impacts of climate change has grown into a needed reality. Defense forces around the world increasingly need to integrate with all stakeholders in mitigating potential climate related conflict situations. It is within this context that the military, equipped with the best science, should have as its mission to identify risk areas and prepare responses to meet climate related challenges to global stability.

The GMACCC Call for Action 2015 was presented on at the COP 21 Paris on Monday 7 December during a GMACCC event at the Netherlands pavilion. The Call emphasises the need to adapt to climate stress points with the military as a key contributor to climate preparedness in the wider community of diplomats, development experts, intelligence experts and academics. High levels of global cooperation are needed to help mitigate risks to national and international stability from resource scarcity, extreme weather events, migration, disease, sea level rise and other threats to human security.

The event presentations included:

Presentation of GMACCC Second Call for Action

Major General (ret) A N M Muniruzzaman, GMACCC Chairman, Bangladesh

The Climate and Security Concept Matures

Tom Spencer, Vice Chairman, GMACCC / Former Chairman EP Foreign Affairs Committee, United Kingdom

Forthcoming GMACCC Briefings

  • “Climate Change and Security in South Asia: The Next Five Years”

Major General (ret) A N M Muniruzzaman, GMACCC Chairman

  • “Terrorism and Climate Change”

Brigadier General (ret) Dennis Murphy, GMACCC Council Member, Ireland

The Need for Speed: Fast Action Strategies to Slow Near-Term Warming

Durwood Zaelke, President, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, United States

Download: GMACCC Call for Action 2015

One Comment

William Christeson on December 9, 2015

Though I arrived in Paris after this presentation, it is exciting to see that the issue of climate change and conflict is being raised. Too much of the focus in the lead up to COP 21 has been elsewhere. Congratulations for your efforts to bring this issue more front and center, where it needs to be.

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