April 21, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) President and CEO, Liz Schrayer, released the following statement ahead of the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by the United States.
As the U.S. brings the world together on the issues of climate change, the national security threat from climate-driven crises – particularly in the developing world – is of grave concern.
Despite long-standing differences on this issue, the USGLC’s recent analysis of more than 120 reports by think tanks and experts across the political spectrum revealed an important opportunity of consensus: when it comes to the disproportionate and destabilizing impact of climate change on the developing world, the imperative to tackle this threat multiplier is critical to supporting global stability and to protecting the safety, health, and economic interests of American families and communities.
Key solutions to address these challenges not only include galvanizing global action, but also making strategic investments in America’s development programs to mitigate conflict, migration, and food insecurity. This will help fragile states build resilience and also promote stability and advance U.S. interests for the long-term. As the COVID-19 pandemic has made painfully clear, today’s global threats don’t respect borders and the U.S. can’t afford to wait until they show up at our doorstep.
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.