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Climate change represents the “most serious threats” to global peace and security, the UN Security Council will hear on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson must warn the UN Security Council that unless the global community takes “urgent steps to tackle climate change, the world risks a worsening of conflict, displacement and insecurity,”
The United Kingdom currently holds a one-month presidency of the Council, which is tasked with ensuring international peace and security. Dens permanent members are China, France, Russia, the UK and the US Johnson will speak to the group at 13.30 London time.
Prior to the session, Johnson said that the Council “has the task of confronting the most serious threats to global peace and security, and that is exactly what climate change represents … From the societies withdrawn by extreme weather and hunger to warlords” , which exploits the resource struggle – a warming planet drives uncertainty. “
He added that “unlike many issues that the Council deals with, this is one that we know exactly how to address” and that we are helping vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change and cut global emissions to net zero, “protects not only the great biodiversity of our planet, but its prosperity and security.”
Well-known naturalist and TV personality David Attenborough will also speak to the Council on Tuesday. He said in a statement released late Monday that “if we reduce emissions with sufficient force, we can still avoid the tipping points that will make ongoing climate change unstoppable.”
He said the forthcoming UN Climate Change Summit, known as COP26, to be held in Glasgow in November, could be the “last chance to make the necessary step change.”
“If we objectively look at climate change and the loss of nature as worldwide security threats – as they actually are – then we can still act proportionately and in a timely manner,” he said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Sudanese climate activist Nisreen Elsaim will also brief the Security Council live on Tuesday.
Briefing ahead of the session, the UK noted that “the effects of climate change are already being felt around the world with the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather, forcing population movements and creating competition for increasingly scarce natural resources. Of the 20 countries ranked most vulnerable to rising global temperatures , 12 are already in conflict. “
The UK, for its part, has committed itself to achieving net zero emissions by law by 2050 and has promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% by 2030 – the sharpest reduction of any major economy.
In addition to the permanent members of the UN Security Council, 10 non-permanent members have been elected for two years. These members are currently Estonia, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Niger, Norway, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.
Global efforts to tackle climate change are high on the agenda of the international community, although environmental experts fear that too little is being done too late to combat the problem.
The United States is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China. Under President Joe Biden’s administration, the country has now officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, a milestone pact among nations to reduce carbon emissions after being under former President Donald Trump.