A high-level meeting on the agenda “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Climate and Security” will be held on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today. The meeting will be chaired by Ireland’s Prime Minister (known as Taoiseach) Micheál Martin. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and civil society representatives will brief the meeting.
The objective of the meeting, according to a concept note circulted by Ireland, is to “deepen substantive awareness of how climate security risks are relevant to the work of the Security Council”. While climate change does not directly drive global conflicts, it is still noted that it is “a vector which increases the risk of violent conflict in many contexts”.
The note argues that climate change should be made a priority and integrated within the peacekeeping and security work of the United Nations. “The evidence is growing that integrating climate action into our peace efforts can have a positive impact.”