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Relief, Recovery, and Peace: Iris Ferguson on COP28’s New Theme

19:32November 13, 2023

In a new mini-series previewing the upcoming UN Climate Summit (COP28)’s new focus on relief, recovery, & peace, ECSP Program Director Lauren Risi spoke with Iris Ferguson, the US Department of Defense’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Arctic and Global Resilience.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Ferguson spoke about why climate security has become a crucial element in DOD planning, as well as why the department will have a highly visible presence at COP28. She also shared the story of her own path to leadership at the Pentagon – as well as why her position includes both global resilience and the Arctic.

Read selected highlights of our discussion below – and listen to the entire conversation here: Relief, Recovery, and Peace: Iris Ferguson on COP28’s New Theme 

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Iris Ferguson

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Arctic and Global Resilience, U.S. Department of Defense 

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