On November 29 and 30, 2022, in Naples, Italy, academics, experts, and practitioners from the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), NATO HQ, NATO SHAPE, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), and Canadian, American, and European academic institutions met to discuss the challenges and consequences of climate change in West and East Africa.
The event was co-organized by the NATO Strategic Direction-South Hub and NATO ACT, as part of the NATO Open Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN). OPEN is a network for understanding the modern security environment from other than military point of view run by NATO ACT’s Plans and Policy Branch.
With 6 panels over 2 days the event examined how climate change affects and will continue to transform the African security environment. Through working together with African regional actors, NATO sought to establish a shared understanding of the current circumstances, and aimed to identify and promote opportunities for cooperation, security, and stability, notably in the G5 Sahel and Horn of Africa regions.