Jul 01 2020

At NRDC-ITA, climate change is discussed as a "threat multiplier" on international geopolitical security trends.

Professor Laura Pineschi addresses the issue of instability in the West African region as a result of continuous and uncontrollable climate change, as well as the United Nations approach to maintaining security in the area


Professor Laura Pineschi addresses the issue of instability in the West African region as a result of continuous and uncontrollable climate change, as well as the United Nations approach to maintaining security in the area".
 

Milan, 24 June 2020. As part of activities aimed at maintaining the level of Situational Awareness in the areas of interest of the NATO Command in Milan, an interesting E-Lecture was held today - via VTC – focusing on the current historical global juncture. The theme was Climate change and intercommunal conflict in West Africa.

Laura Pineschi, Professor of International Law at the University of Parma since 2001, addressed this sensitive and relevant topic. The results of her research activity, mainly in the fields of environmental protection and sustainable development, human rights protection, and cultural heritage conservation, have also been published in scientific journals and books, both in Italy and abroad. Among her many prestigious appointments, she has been Director of Directed Studies at the Academy of International Law in The Hague, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Society of International Law. She is currently Director of the Centre for European and International Affairs (CSEIA), author of two monographies and curator of several volumes, published in Italy and abroad.

During her compelling contribution, Professor Pineschi, after emphasizing the importance of facing the challenge of climate change as a priority emergency, also pointed out that many states - especially in the North African area - are absolutely unprepared for this phenomenon, which is a multiplier of instability and insecurity.

Particular attention was devoted to the commitment and approach of the United Nations, as well as to the challenges that remain, through the practical analysis of a substantial intervention in the area, such as the multidimensional mission of integrated stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA).

Climate change must, in fact, be understood as a clear danger to be tackled in a comprehensive and integrated way - involving not only the United Nations, but also Local Organizations (LO) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) - to prevent this global challenge from creating dangerous security gaps and exacerbating the existing threats.

The nature and relevance of the topic has allowed a large part of the NRDC-ITA staff, connected by videoconference, to broaden their specific knowledge on the subject, providing interesting ideas for discussion and reflection.

The NATO Command of Milan is therefore continuing to train its multinational staff, even in the current complex situation, reinforcing that the Command is ready and able to support the policies of the Alliance by facing world crises and promoting global stability.