CM – Taoiseach denies that the UN Security Council resolution is doomed

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin was the first Irish head of state to address the United Nations Security Council, warning that climate change is « the crucial challenge facing our generation ». Video: UN-TV

Michael Martin: Climate change is the decisive challenge of our generation. Photo: Don Pollard / CFR / PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has insisted « very strong support » for Ireland’s efforts to move a United Nations resolution to include the threat of climate change on the routine agenda of the Security Council obtain.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Martin denied that the efforts were doomed, even though two of the permanent members of the Security Council Russia and China – who have a veto on decisions – strongly oppose the proposal to expand the Council’s remit pronounced.

In an address to the Security Council in New York, Martin said: « The effects of climate change are global and our collective security is at risk. »

Ireland urges the world powers to take action to reduce conflict Preventing climate change by making it an integral part of the Security Council agenda.

Mr Martin chaired a Security Council meeting on the matter under the Irish Presidency at the helm of international diplomacy.

Mr Martin was asked whether Ireland’s hopes of resolving the problem are doomed. He replied « no » and insisted that there was « very strong support » for Ireland’s proposals among members of the Security Council.

He said « not everyone agrees » and Ireland will work with members « in good faith ».

Mr Martin said: « We will try to get people to be what we think is obvious Link between climate and security. ”

Earlier, Mr. Martin told the Security Council,“ The effects of climate change are global and our collective security is at risk ”. He said the Council“ can and must do more “On the subject of climate change and security.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres thanked the Irish Presidency for organizing a « timely debate ».

He said the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was « deeply alarming » and a « red code for humanity ».

Mr Guterres said it was clear that environmental mismanagement was a « risk multiplier » as resources dwindle in affected regions where « grievances and tensions can hamper conflict prevention and peacekeeping efforts ». </ He urged UN member states to be more ambitious in their CO2 emissions reduction targets to limit warming to 1.5 degrees to avert the most devastating effects of climate change.

Russia, China and India have all spoken out against climate change becoming part of the agenda of the Security Council.

The Russian representative said that his country « wholeheartedly » agreed to the calls for action on climate change, but refused to allow the Security Council to participate.

He said, “There is a Russian saying that illustrates this: Too many cooks spoil the broth.

« Let me be honest, we believe that the persistent and persistent attempts to put the premise of climate change as a threat to international peace and security on the Security Council agenda at all costs is turning an entirely unnecessary political component into an already Complicated and sensitive discussion. « 

He suggested: » Perhaps our colleagues simply want to raise the profile of the climate discussion by involving the Security Council.

« However, I think you would agree that inclusion or non-inclusion An issue or issue on the Security Council agenda should not be a measure of its importance or relevance. ”

He suggested adding climate change to the Security Council agenda would not help the issue.

China’s representative Zhang Jun said the relationship between climate and security was « very complex » and argued that it was not part of the security mandate should be advisable.

He said the Paris Agreement is the « most authoritative channel » for dealing with climate change and it would be « inappropriate » for the Security Council to replace it.

China does not believe that the Council « has the necessary specialized knowledge mechanisms or tools » to address the problem.

India’s representative Reenat Sandhu argued that there are already forums for a “holistic” discussion of climate change, with reference to the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

She said: « Action to combat climate change has been built on an integrated structure so that it is fair to all parties, especially developing countries.

She said the Security Council » is not there to tackle a complex problem of this nature is undesirable « .

Ms. Sandhu added: « Including climate security in the Security Council’s discourse, disregarding fundamental principles and practices related to climate change, has the potential to disrupt our general discussion on this very important issue. »

He thanked the Taoiseach for putting climate and security on the Security Council agenda.

Mr Blinken said addressing the climate crisis was a top priority for President Joe Biden’s administration.

He said that New York was recently hit by a « criminal storm » caused by the remains of Hurricane Ida, which killed dozens of people, including a two-year-old boy.

He said: « Look at one of our countries – you will see record-breaking extreme weather like this … the climate crisis is not coming, it is already here. »

Mr Blinken said that the agreement on climate change was in The Security Council would send a clear message to the international community on « the grave effects of climate change on our collective security ».

The Security Council heard from Somali peace activist Ilwad Elman. She said that her Elman Peace and Human Rights Center had started to deal with issues of climate change « because our lives and our daily reality are at the center of tension between climate change and security ».

In his address, Mr. Martin said:  » Climate change is the crucial challenge of our generation ”and the IPCC report“ set out in stark terms what is happening to our planet and what the future may bring if we fail to act ”.

“ It is important that we Act now to prevent further warming by achieving net zero emissions as soon as possible and we must redouble our efforts to ensure a successful conclusion to COP26 in Glasgow later this year. ”Martin said: “A concerted multilateral response to climate change, involving all United Nations organs, is urgently needed. That answer must include this advice.

The Taoiseach said that climate change is already contributing to conflict in many parts of the world.

Martin Martin named places from the Sahel to Iraq, the region around Lake Chad and the Horn of Africa as places which climate change drives conflict and violence.

He said: “The need for action is clear. 80 percent of the UN peacekeeping forces are deployed in countries that are most exposed to climate change. “The mandate of this council is to examine threats to international peace and security.

« We have to leave the theoretical debates behind us and respond to the reality that climate change is exacerbating conflicts worldwide.

 » This council can and must do more. It has the mandate and it has the tools. If we do not use them, we are relinquishing our responsibility, « he said.

 » But I also believe that it is time for this council to work together to find out how we can best incorporate climate-related security risks into our work for conflict prevention and peace building. ”

He said the Secretary General should be invited to submit a regular report to the Security Council on how climate change threatens international peace and security.

Also the Secretary-General’s appointment of a special envoy on climate-related security risks “could raise awareness and promote greater coherence”.

Mr Martin said: “These measures are only the beginning of what the Council needs to address its issue Commitments to meet.

“To move these proposals forward, Ireland will convene a discussion on a thematic resolution on climate and security in the coming days. Today I ask all members of the Council to participate constructively in this resolution. ”

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