Ireland chairs UN Security Council meeting, focuses on climate and security

Ireland, which holds the Council presidency this month, used the debate to urge greater attention to the interplay between the two issues, and highlight the impact of climate change on conflicts around the world. [EPA-EFE/ JOHN MINCHILLO]

Taoiseach Micheál Martin chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday, focusing on the topic of climate and security.

Ireland, which holds the Council presidency this month, used the debate to urge greater attention to the interplay between the two issues, and highlight the impact of climate change on conflicts around the world.

Martin proposed that the secretary-general do periodic reporting to the Council on climate change as a driver of conflict and that a Special Representative for climate-related security risks is appointed. The prime minister also announced that Ireland would convene discussions on a thematic resolution on climate security in the coming days.

“Now is the moment for the Council to act”, said Martin, describing climate change as the “defining challenge of our generation” and urging UN countries to increase their ambition when it comes to meeting targets for carbon emissions reductions.

Also visiting the US this week is Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who met with US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday. Key among the issues discussed was the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.

(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.com)

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