A senior UN official has issued a warning that changes in climate could threaten peace in the future. The warning was issued by an official of the UN Environment program, Achim Steiner. He also said climate change would also “exponentially” increase the scale of natural disasters.
The Russian envoy Alexander Pankin said he was doubtful about the implications of putting climate change on the Security Council’s agenda.
Security Council members have managed to agree on a text which deliberates on the possible security implications of climate change, though the Russian envoy Alexander Pankin had reservations over the text.
Mr Steiner further warned that an increase in the frequency of natural disasters across the globe poses a big challenge in the future. He gave the recent example of Somalia, which is currently a big problem.
Hs concerns were shared by Peter Wittig, the German Ambassador.
“Clearly the international community – if the scenarios in climate change for the future come true – will face an exponential growth of these kinds of extreme events,” the German ambassador said.
This is the first time in four years that the Security Council formally debated the environment.
Germany helped in issuing the text after tough negotiations with Russia.
The Russian envoy had termed the move as unnecessary and opposed by many countries.
“We believe that involving the Security Council in a regular review of the issue of climate change will not bring any added value whatsoever and will merely lead to further increased politicization of this issue and increased disagreements between countries,” he said.
The final statement expressed “concern that possible adverse effects of climate change may, in the long run, aggravate certain existing threats to international peace and security”.