CLIMATE CHANGE, SECURITY, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES: FROM SVALBARD TO HELSINKI
The Assembly has long considered the environmental, economic and security challenges of the High North as an integral element of its work.
In 2004, NATO PA members focused their attention on security and environmental challenges in the
Indeed, since 2005, the STC has adopted a number of recommendations and reports on the subject: “Climate Change in the Arctic and Challenges for the North Atlantic Community” (2005); “Climate Change: Thinking beyond
The STC is not the only Committee studying these issues. In Riga, the Defence and Security Committee (DSC) will present a report entitled “Security at the Top of the World: Is there a Role for NATO in the High North?” while recent environmental disasters, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, will be discussed during the forth-coming joint visit of the Political Committee (PC) and the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security (CDS) in the United States. Climate change also features in the activities of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations (ESCTER), currently focusing more closely on Development Assistance in a Climatic Perspective and Perspectives on the Future of Off-Shore / Continental Shelf Energy Resources.
In order to keep raising parliamentary awareness and expertise on these matters, the Assembly will hold its 74th Rose-Roth Seminar, together with the Economics and Security Committee, and hosted by the parliament of