Accession Number:

ADA528327

Title:

Worldwide Emerging Environmental Issues Affecting the U.S. Military. April 2007 Report

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERATION OF UN ASSOCIATIONS WASHINGTON DC MILLENNIUM PROJECT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Britains foreign secretary argued that future climate change might cause wars An unstable climate will exacerbate some of the core drivers of conflict, such as migratory pressures and competition for resources, and hence it is a matter for the UN Security Council to address. About 50 nations urged the UK to take the issue to the Council. During the debate on April 17, 2007, China argued against this position along with Russia, Qatar, Indonesia, and South Africa, saying that the Security Council is the wrong forum to discuss this and act on climate change-related issues. On behalf of 130 developing nations, Pakistan argued that the issue should be a matter for the UN General Assembly since it was a more democratic institution than the Council. Yet it is the Council not the Assembly that can authorize peacekeeping forces. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, acknowledging, issues of energy and climate change can have implications for peace and security, called for a long-term global response and noted, this Council has a role to play in working with other competent intergovernmental bodies to address the possible root causes of conflict discussed. The US supported the development of alternative fuels, energy efficiency, and other voluntary approaches that did not affect economic growth. The EU, Peru, Panama, and Papua New Guinea head of the Pacific small island states, were among the supporters of the initiative. The dangers that the small island states and their populations face are no less serious than those nations threatened by guns and bombs, stated Ambassador Robert Guba Aisi of Papua New Guinea.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE