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Conflict and climate “cycle” 17 July 2018

UN security council considers ‘cycle of conflict and climate disaster’ (via Climate Home)

By Megan Darby

Climate change is contributing to instability in many parts of the world, the UN security council heard on Wednesday, in its first debate dedicated to the topic in seven years.

A community advocate from Chad and Iraq’s water minister testified to the interplay of water scarcity and conflict in their homelands.

Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström and UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed, fresh from a trip to the drought– and terrorist–stricken Lake Chad basin, led calls for a coordinated international response.

“It is past time for us to deepen our understanding of how climate change interacts with drivers of conflict,” said Wallström, chairing the meeting.

Wallström, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the security council this month, announced the launch of a Stockholm–based climate security knowledge hub later this summer and proposed that Mohammed provide an “institutional home” for the issue at the UN.

“Fragile countries are in danger of becoming stuck in a cycle of conflict and climate disaster. Where resilience is eroded, communities may be displaced and exposed to exploitation,” said Mohammed, a former environment minister for Nigeria.

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