British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that climate change poses a serious threat to peace in the world, and together with other leaders called for measures to confront this crisis.
During an open video session of the UN Security Council on climate and security, Johnson, whose country chairs the council this month, said, “It is absolutely clear that climate change poses a threat to our collective security and the security of our nations.”
He stressed that helping vulnerable countries adapt to climate change and reduce global emissions to zero would help protect biodiversity, as well as prosperity and security.
For his part, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged members of the Security Council to use their influence to confront the climate crisis, to ensure the success of the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Glasgow next November, and to mobilize others, including international financial institutions and the private sector. , To do their part.
During the session, Guterres stressed that the international community should intensify preparations to confront the escalating impacts of the climate crisis on international peace and security.
In turn, the US special envoy for climate affairs, John Kerry, said that President Joe Biden’s administration is looking forward to reducing harmful emissions from industrial activities to an extent that no president can undo.
Kerry described climate change as an issue for the UN Security Council, noting that it was previously considered in the United States an existential threat.
As for the Chinese Envoy for Climate Affairs, Chi Zenoa, he said that climate change has become a serious threat to the survival of human life.
During the same session, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta indicated that Africa will bear the worst repercussions of climate change globally.
Just before the official opening of the series, British naturalist David Attenborough made a video intervention in which he likened the threat to human civilization to the threat posed by World War II that he lived in his youth.