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Special Rapporteur of the Science and Technology Committee of the NATO PA: ‘Innovation is the key to NATO’s success‘

Press release, 28 May 2022

 

Today, at the meeting of the Science and Technology Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) at the Seimas, rapporteurs gave presentations on strengthening the Alliance's science and technology resilience, Ukraine's achievements in the field of digital transformation, the role of technology in climate change mitigation, the future of warfare, etc.

 

Sven Clement, Special Rapporteur of the Science and Technology Committee from Luxembourg, speaking on strengthening the Alliance's science and technology resilience, stressed that innovation is key to NATO's success. However, according to the Rapporteur, it is being challenged by the rapid development of technology and the current more dangerous world.

 

Mr Clement presented a number of proposals to address the emerging challenges. He believes that investment in critical technologies such as cyber security, maritime and satellite technologies must be increased. In the Rapporteur’s view, it is also necessary to understand dependencies on foreign manufacturers for defence equipment and components. The proposals mentioned include the aim of having common norms and standards for technological developments.

 

 

Sven Clement highlighted the potentially catastrophic impacts and damages of climate change. In combination with resource scarcity, he said, the threats of climate change were likely to create instability and insecurity throughout the world. ‘Fragile nations will be impacted most profoundly. In the worst case, this could lead to state failure, violent conflicts, and uncontrolled migration movements,’ said Mr Clement. He noted that NATO was increasingly interested in the impact of climate change, which could pose security risks.

 

According to Julius Grubliauskas, Energy Security Officer at NATO, all allies agree that a more resilient and diversified energy system will have a better environmental impact. ‘The transition to green energy is not only about the environment, it is not only about reducing emissions, but it is also about reducing dependence on fossil fuel imports, on suppliers such as Russia,’ said Mr Grubliauskas.

Photos by V. Chorna, Office of the Seimas

 

In his speech, Georgii Dubynskyi, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, said that one of the key objectives of the Ministry was to achieve 100% online delivery of public services by 2024. ‘Ukraine is now a digitally-oriented country. Over the last few years, the Ministry managed to significantly improve the country’s digital infrastructure, which has, unfortunately, been damaged by the war,’ Mr Dubynskyj said. According to him, cyber war has also started since the beginning of the war in their country. In addition, as noted by the Deputy Minister, Ukraine has to fight disinformation and war propaganda.

 

Speaking about the future of warfare, Njall Trausti Fridbertsson, Rapporteur of the Science and Technology Committee from Iceland, said that Emerging and Disruptive Technologies (EDT) were expected to play a crucial role in developing NATO's military capabilities.

 

Rimas Rudaitis, Adviser, Press Office, Information and Communication Department, tel. +370 5 239 6132, e-mail: [email protected]

   Last updated on 05/31/2022 11:35
   Rimas Rudaitis