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A warmer world is a more violent one, too: Leaders to UN
Published in Ahram Online on 23 - 09 - 2021

Using apocalyptic images, three presidents and seven foreign ministers warned Thursday that a warmer world is also a more violent one.
At a ministerial meeting of the Security Council, the officials urged the UN's most powerful body to do more to address the security implications of climate change and make global warming a key part of all UN peacekeeping operations.
The leaders and ministers pushing for more UN action said warming is making the world less safe, pointing to Africa's conflict-plagued Sahel region and Syria and Iraq as examples..
Micheal Martin, Ireland's president, who chaired the meeting, said climate change ``is already contributing to conflict in many parts of the world.`` And Vietnam President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said climate change ``is a war without gunfire so to speak that causes economic damage and losses in lives no less dire than actual wars.''
``The effects of climate change are particularly profound when they overlap with fragility and past or current conflicts,'' said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
``And when natural resources like water become scarce because of climate change, ``grievances and tensions can explode, complicating efforts to prevent conflict and sustain peace.''
The introduction of the topic at the Security Council, not typically a place for discussion about the environment, is a emerging notion _ one that is arising because of the increasing recognition that in human ecosystems, natural stressors and traditional notions of security and peace are inexorably intertwined.
``Our lives and daily realities are at the nexus of climate change insecurity,'' said Ilwad Elman, a Somali-Canadian peace activist. ``The impact of climate change and environmental degradation are also changing what it takes to build peace ... because we are experiencing climate-related shocks and stresses.''
For years, academics who study conflict and climate change have been highlighting how events like a once-in-a-millennium Syrian drought have exacerbated conflicts without being the sole causes.
It's a more nuanced approach to understanding conflict _ and to developing tools that reduce its impact on societies.
``Look at almost every place where you see threats to international peace and security today, and you'll find that climate change is making things less peaceful, less secure, and rendering our response even more challenging,'' US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. He cited a list of nations including Syria, Mali, Yemen, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
``We have to stop debating whether the climate crisis belongs in the Security Council,'' Blinken said, ``and instead ask how the council can leverage its unique powers to tackle the negative impacts of climate on peace and security.''
Russian and Chinese diplomats reiterated their countries' objections to putting climate change on the agenda of the council, which is charged with maintaining international peace and security, when other UN and international forums are addressing the entire climate issue.
``There is a Russian saying that ... too many cooks spoil the broth,'' said Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky. He accused council members of introducing ``a completely unnecessary political component to an already complicated and sensitive discussion.''
Chinese UN Ambassador Zhang Jun said the council must ``refrain from using a wholesale approach,'' saying that not all war-torn countries ``were plunged into chaos because of climate change.''
Still, most of the leaders who spoke Thursday morning were painting a gloomy picture for the planet as a whole. They said climate change needs to be fought in the same way the world is battling the coronavirus because, for the planet, it is a matter of life and death.
Decisions at the November UN climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland ``will decide whether this decade will be remembered as the decade when we started to save the planet or the beginning of the end,'' said Estonia President Kersti Jaljulaid.
At the General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders on Thursday, Angola President Joao Lourenco said Earth `` has been giving us increasingly clear signals that she is not happy with how we treat her, and is defending herself in the most violent manner possible.''
And the previous evening, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will host the climate negotiations in Scotland, gave a speech that started with a lesson on extinction among mammals _ and then reminded the world that humans, too, are mammals.
``Our grandchildren will know that we are the culprits. And they'll know that we knew _ that we were warned,'' Johnson said. ``And they will ask themselves what kind of people we were to be so selfish and so shortsighted.''

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