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 Africa: Climate Change & Safeguarding Human Security


Online Event

 AFRICA: CLIMATE CHANGE & SAFEGUARDING HUMAN SECURITY

 Date : 29 & 30 NOVEMBER 2022

 Time: 08.30 – 16.00 CET

Registration closed.

This Conference will look to inform NATO and the wider audience of the human security implications that climate change will have on Africa. With speakers from the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD). The event will look to discuss the common challenges and what these will mean at both a local and regional level for the people of the continent. 



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Highlights

  • This hybrid conference will look into the security implications that will come from the effect of Climate Change in Northern & Saharan Africa.
  •  In addition, it will focus in on more bespoke areas such as how different genders will be affected, how Space technology could assist in mitigation actions and the greater risk of radicalization will affect the region.
  • This event brings together policy makers and practitioners from African intergovernmental organizations with their peers from NATO HQ, NATO SHAPE, NATO ACT and others.

Background

The G5 Sahel and Horn of Africa are likely to experience the most exaggerated effects of Climate change in the next 20 years, with a likely average temperature rise of 3 degrees. This is likely to heighten regional tensions, widen resource scarcity and lead to deeper instability. Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, with a profound impact on international security. It is a crisis and threat multiplier. It can exacerbate conflict, fragility and geopolitical competition.

With 6 panels over 2 days, this Conference will seek to look at the ways that the security environment will be affected. Through working together with regional actors, NATO seeks to establish a shared understanding of the current circumstances. This study day aims to help identify opportunities for future cooperation to promote security and stability in the region.

Open Network

This event is co-organised with NATO ALLIED COMMAND TRANSFORMATION as part of The NATO Open Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN). OPEN stands for OPEN Perspectives Exchange Network, which is a network for understanding the modern security environment from other than military point of view run by NATO Allied Command Transformation’s Plans and Policy Branch.

Moderator

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Prof. Bruno Charbonneau

Professor, Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Director, Centre for Peace Missions and Humanitarian Studies, Raoul Dandurand Chair, UQAM








Keynote Speakers



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Mr Rene Heise

Climate Change, EO, Space WX, METOC at NATO

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Mr Elvis Paul

Coordinator of the Great Green Wall Initiative Project

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Dr Linda Ogallo

Climate Change Adaptation Expert at IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre

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Dr. Sunday Angoma Okello

Asst. Professor at Institute for Peace and Security Studies – IPSS

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Mr Valence Kadja Kouame

Programme Officer, Coordination Regional Political Affairs at ECOWAS Commission

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Mr Ahmed Baraka

Clinical Pharmacist, Regional Coordinator at SGAC for the Middle East, African Space Industry 

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Dr Matthew Adepoju

Ag Director of National Space Research and development Agency

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Dr Jessica Smith

Research and Policy Director at Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

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Mrs Ijeoma Ladele

Certified Trainer, Chartered Mediator, HSE Consultant Environmental Conflict 

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Prof Samuel Henkin

Senior Researcher & Professor at National Consortium for the Study of terrorism 

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