The Permanent Representatives of ten Security Council Member States met the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a virtual format today to discuss how to enhance the inclusion of climate-related security risks into the Security Council’s overall assessment and decision-making.
The impacts of climate change affect – and will increasingly affect – populations across the globe. In specific cases, this can lead to food and water insecurity, large scale displacement, particularly among women and children, and social tensions which can potentially exacerbate, prolong or contribute to the risk of future conflicts and instability. The effects of climate change therefore constitute a key risk to global peace and stability.
The Security Council has discussed the issue repeatedly since 2007 and expressed its concern in 2011 that the impacts of climate change may aggravate existing threats to international peace and security and underlined the importance of conflict analysis and contextual information.
Today the ten Security Council members underscored the need to improve the Security Council’s information basis in order to enable the Security Council to better assess the security implications of the impacts of climate change and support relevant conflict prevention measures. The ten Security Council members also announced their intention to convene a high-level debate on this topic in the near future.