President Ali calls for climate-centric defence strategies in Latin America, Caribbean

File photo| President of Guyana, His Excellency Mohamed Irfaan Ali (Photo via DPI)

(Department of Public Information Press Release) Head of State and President Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali stated that the new world cannot develop defence strategies without considering the effects of climate change, especially in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

President Ali made the statement Wednesday afternoon while delivering a presentation at the National Defence University in Washington, DC, USA.

The head of state highlighted that climate change is one of the most significant vulnerabilities in the region and noted that adapting to climate change requires an annual investment ranging from $80 billion to $110 billion.

“This issue is devastating not only to economies and people, but infrastructure, and included in that infrastructure is the military infrastructure…defence against natural disasters, against enemies and your asset that is required to provide that defence,” he underscored.

In addition to climate security, food and energy security must also take precedence when formulating defence strategies. Research, development, and innovation are also some of the most crucial aspects of future defence and strategy.

The president emphasised the need for a regional approach to these discussions, noting that the National Defence University has the ability to analyse current threats, policy and investment landscape, and identify gaps.

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