Threats without borders: Are we apt to cope with the challenges?

 

On rare occasions in recent history have we had such a need to address global security. The current international context shows how new security threats disregard geographical barriers.

In light of rising geopolitical tensions in Europe, exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the Covid-19 pandemic over the last two years, there is a clear need for greater mobilization of the international community in favour of multilateralism and joint engagement on security and defense issues.

With the increase in global instability in the face of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, some threats must be tackled jointly from the security point of view, in order to guarantee a response that is not only more effective, but also encompasses the secondary impacts of recent events. Issues such as energy sufficiency, food security, cyber security, as well as the effects of the climate crisis are directly impacted by the current situation.

There are numerous challenges that countries and multilateral organizations need to address: (illegal) migration, violence, forced displacement, racism against refugees, evacuations, fights over energy sources, diseases, cyber-attacks and other. These threats are part of the results of socio-environmental, climatic and technological imbalances. Such imbalances intensify hunger, amplify inequalities in access to basic resources and health, loss of biodiversity and the ability to provide security and protection.

This year, the theme of the event will therefore be “Threats without borders: are we apt to cope with the challenges?”, on 30 June and 1 July 2022. The conference aims to promote debates focused on possible solutions for the mitigation of global security problems, which go beyond the limits of traditional borders, as well as to stimulate closer cooperation between Europe and Latin America throughout the discussions in four thematic panels, entitled:

– Climate change and energy crisis: the new battlegrounds revisited

– Basic livelihoods at stake: water and food security

– Covid-19: one for all and all for one?

– Cooperation for technological security: artificial intelligence and cyberwar

In addition to discussing the direct impact of armed conflict, it is essential to have a debate on the possibilities and risks that are at stake in the current international security context. It is with this objective in mind that the Forte de Copacabana International Security Conference presents its 19th edition.