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Men with Guns want a deal

November 2, 2009

This latest from the climate-l list. ..

A group of serving and retired military officers from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US released a statement calling on all governments to “work for an ambitious and equitable international agreement” at the global climate talks in Copenhagen in December.

The Statement, presented on 29 October at the CCSC-III Conference at Brookings in Washington, DC, and issued simultaneously in Brussels, Dhaka, Georgetown, London, New Delhi and The Hague, says that “incremental, and at times, abrupt, climate change is resulting in an unprecedented scale of human misery, loss of biodiversity and damage to infrastructure with consequential security implications that need to be addressed urgently.”

The officers are members of the Military Advisory Council (MAC) of the project on Climate Change and the Military led by the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) in partnership with 10 other think tanks from Asia, Europe and North America.

IES Vice-Chair, Tom Spencer, former President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Defence Policy, said the aim of the statement was to stress that “climate change creates a common security problem that requires global and comprehensive co-operation.”

Géraud de Ville Information Officer & Project Coordinator —– Institute for Environmental Security The Hague – Brussels – London – Beirut – California – New York – Toronto – Washington DC

International Secretariat Anna Paulownastraat 103 2518 BC

The Hague, The Netherlands

Tel: + 31 70 365 2299

Fax: + 31 70 365 1948

Email: conference@envirosecurity.org  http://www.envirosecurity.org

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