UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon said here on Wednesday that climate change comprises a very credible threat to peace and security around the world.
“We must make no mistake,” said Ban. “The facts are clear: climate change is real; it is accelerating in a dangerous manner; and it not only exacerbates threats to international peace and security, it is a threat to international peace and security.”Ban’s statements came at a Security Council meeting on the impact of climate change on global peace and security.
“The members of this council bear a unique responsibility to mobilize national and international action to confront the very real threat of climate change and the specific threats to international peace and security which derive from it,” said Ban.
The secretary-general said that there should be no doubt that the world faces an urgent problem in the form of climate change.
“Extreme weather events continue to grow more frequent and intense in rich and poor countries alike, not only devastating lives, but also infrastructure, institutions, and budgets — and unholy brew which can create dangerous security vacuums,” he said.
He said that there are already examples of places where resources are running scarce due to these extreme weather events and conditions.
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