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All Systems Go: Integrating Climate Security Across the U.S. Government

President Biden has made clear his intention for U.S. government agencies to coordinate both within and across their portfolios to make that happen. In practice, that will be a challenging lift for an organization as complex, large, and diverse as the U.S. government. Join us for a discussion with representatives from the NSC, State Department, USAID, and NOAA to hear how their respective agencies are integrating climate security priorities and an update on efforts to address climate security in the U.S. and with partners around the world.

Date & Time

Friday
Oct. 1, 2021
8:00am – 9:00am ET

Overview

This event is a part of the Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2021. The live event webcast will appear on this webpage promptly at 8:00 am ET/2:00 pm CET. If it does not immediately appear on the webpage, please refresh your screen at 8:00 am ET/2:00 pm CET.

One of President Biden’s first actions as he took office in January 2021 was to lean in through executive direction and the issuance of executive orders to address the climate crisis. A key feature of those efforts is to ensure the integration of climate change across U.S. government portfolios, including national security and foreign policy. The President has made clear his intention for U.S. government agencies to coordinate both within and across their portfolios to make that happen. In practice, that will be a challenging lift for an organization as complex, large, and diverse as the U.S. government. The successful integration of climate change policy considerations and the development of integrated operational responses that reflect meaningful coordination across agencies requires a reorientation of how the U.S. conceives of security (both at home and abroad), international development, and diplomacy.

In this panel discussion, representatives from the NSC, USAID, State Department, and NOAA, will share perspectives as agencies with different mandates but a shared goal of climate resilience in a stable world. Recognizing that integration and coordination are both essential and difficult, panelists will share insights on their respective agency climate security priorities and an update on ongoing and planned efforts to address climate security in the U.S. and with partners around the world.

Send questions for our panelists during the event toecsp@wilsoncenter.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter @NewSecurityBeat. Find related coverage of these issues on our blog, NewSecurityBeat.org.

Speakers

Jennifer DeCesaro

Director for Climate Resilience and Security, U.S. National Security Council

Stephanie Epner

Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Foreign Policy, Office of the Special Envoy For Climate Change, U.S. Department of State

Roger Pulwarty

Senior Scientist, Physical Sciences Division, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

Hosted By

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more