In the period from November 14-16, 2023, the three-day 105th Rose-Roth Seminar of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly was held in Sarajevo with co-organization of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The topic of the seminar was “Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans in a Volatile International Security Environment”, and one of the panels was dedicated to Climate Change and Resilience in the Western Balkans.
The seminar was attended by numerous officials, among others the Chairperson of the Defense and Security Committee of NATO PA, Mr. Alec Shelbrook from the United Kingdom, the commander of the NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, representatives of EUFOR, the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UN and UNDP, the highest representatives of governmental authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the international community, and more than 120 parliamentarians from NATO member states and partner countries, as well as experts and representatives of the non-governmental sector.
Besides the highest representatives’ governmental authorities, Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by Mrs. Lejla Šuman, Director of REC BiH Office, who was one of the speakers in the panel “Climate change and resilience in the Western Balkans”. Within the Panel, Ms. Šuman spoke about climate change and its impact on security in BiH and presented the results of the NEST Project financed by the Embassy of Sweden in Sarajevo and its impact on climate security in BiH”.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina is among the most Climate Change affected and vulnerable countries in Europe. Therefore, Western Balkan countries must work together to mitigate its impact and adapt the region for a greener future”, Šuman pointed out.