“Should the Security Council Engage with Implications of Climate Change? Let’s Look at the Scientific Evidence”, Cedric H. de Coning (NUPI, Norway)

Climate change is a controversial topic at the United Nations (UN) Security Council. The Council has adopted over 70 resolutions and presidential statements that address aspects of climate-related peace and security implications. However, a few members strongly oppose adding climate change to the Security Council agenda. When a thematic resolution on the security implications of climate change came up for a vote in December 2021, Russia went so far as to veto it. India also voted against it, while China abstained. But twelve Council members voted in favour, and 113 non-members co-sponsored the resolution—the second highest number of co-sponsors in Security Council history.

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