Environment among "casualties of warfare"

Oil fields set ablaze by the Iraqi occupation forces in Al-Maqwa, Kuwait in 1991

The environment continues to be among the casualties of warfare.

That's the message of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, observed on Sunday.

He says the UN family has made important progress in understanding the complex relationship between war and the environment and the role that natural resources play in fuelling and financing instability and violence.

The demand for natural resources, Mr. Ban adds, continues to grow to meet the needs of a rising global population.

The Secretary-General warns that fragile nations, including post-conflict countries, could face significant resource competition in the coming decades.

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