Foreign ministers flag climate change as major spark for conflicts

Published in Reuters

With Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Climate change impacts – including growing food and water scarcity – are becoming increasingly important drivers of conflict and unrest around the world, and security planners need to make them a priority now, foreign ministers warned this week.

Addressing them could mean the U.N. Security Council asking for regular reports on threats from climate change and biodiversity loss, or the creation of early warning systems for climate security risks, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s minister for Europe and foreign affairs.

When it comes to climate threats, “we are not foretelling or speculating on a distant future. We are talking about the present,” he told an online panel during the Berlin Climate and Security Conference this week.

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