Russia has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution warning of the impact of climate change on security, a spokesman said it was “unacceptable” for the government.
“We oppose the creation of a new platform for the Council’s work to establish a common, automatic link between climate change and international security, and to turn the scientific and socio-economic problem into a politicized issue,” said Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya. veto
Twelve members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution on Monday, with China abstaining and India voting no.
Niger Ambassador Abdu Abarri, who co-authored the bill with the Irish ambassador, said: “The veto power may prevent the text from being approved, but it cannot hide our truth.”
The Indian representative asked what the outcome of the resolution, which the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) failed to achieve, could be achieved.
“Why do we need a UN Security Council resolution to take action on climate change, but do we have commitments on coordinated action on climate change within the UNFCC?” Asked Ambassador TSTirumurti.
Rarely has the text been sponsored by 113 UN member states, suggesting that most councils should consider the link between global warming and security issues.
Although the Security Council has considered climate change in some of its work, this could be the first time it has highlighted a topic for its resolution.
“This resolution will allow the UN Security Council to address climate change using tools within its mandate,” Irish spokesman Geraldine Byrne Nason said ahead of the vote. “The Council has taken steps to integrate climate-related security risks into some of its competent operations.”
Sponsors included several small island nations in the Pacific that could be flooded by global warming and rising seas, as well as coastal African states – Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria – including climate events. repeated droughts contributed. team struggle.
U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said climate change was “a threat to every person, every nation, every continent” and that it was within the council’s mandate.
“We categorically reject the view that the Security Council’s action violates the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. The Security Council can and should complement, support and strengthen our collective work under the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC in the ways necessary to combat this security threat.
China, India and Russia have drafted a resolution focusing on the situation on the coast of Africa in connection with the climate conflict. The Chinese ambassador called on council members and the wider UN to support the text.
“China, Russia and India have jointly submitted a draft resolution on security issues in the Sahel, including climate change,” said Ambassador Zhang Jun at the meeting. “Its goal is to effectively respond to the specific concerns of countries in the Sahel region.”
No voting date was announced for their text.
Irish Ambassador Bjorn Nasson told reporters after the rejection that the Security Council must adapt to a changing world.
“If this council does not adapt, it will never be able to fulfill its mandate for international peace and security,” he said. “It should reflect the times we live in now, the threats to international peace and security.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been at the forefront of global efforts to mitigate the effects of global warming. His spokesman said the secretariat would continue to integrate climate risks into political analysis, conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts.