American Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday (23/9) called on the UN Security Council to play a vital role in tackling climate change and take it as an opportunity to create environmentally friendly infrastructure and the jobs that support it.
“Look in almost every place where there is currently a threat to international peace and security, we see how climate change is making those places less safe, less peaceful and making our response more challenging. This is the case in Syria, Mali, Yemen, South Sudan, Ethiopia and many other strife-torn places; that these issues should have come to the attention of the Security Council. We also send a strong message to the international community that climate change has serious implications for collective security,” he said.
Biden called for the UN Security Council to mandate their field missions to include climate change impacts in planning and implementation of plans as has been done with the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq.
“UN field missions should include climate change impacts consistently in planning and implementation, as has been done in several mandates, including the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, the United Nations Integrated Multi-Dimensional Stabilization Mission in Mali and the United Nations Office for West Africa and Sahel. It will increase the activities of the UN mission. Preserve stability. Build resilience,” added Blinken.
Blinken also suggested that the UN should further integrate climate-related data into all mediation and conflict prevention efforts. [em/ka]