UN Security Council discusses transnational crimes, climate change

Security Council chamber

The UN Security Council, chaired by Portugal's foreign minister, on Wednesday held a meeting to focus attention on transnational crime, pandemics and climate change.

Addressing the Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the three challenges are increasingly transnational because of the growing ease with which people, goods and money cross borders.

The Secretary-General added that no country, no matter how powerful, can address these threats alone.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese Foreign Minister, Paulo Portas, said items key to international peace were discussed in November, during his country's presidency at the Security Council.

"My evaluation of the Portuguese Presidency of the Security Council is very positive. We discussed items and issues so important for international life: such civilian protection during conflicts, new threats to international security, a success story like Timor-Leste, a difficult task but a necessary task like Guinea-Bissau, and Middle East and Palestine. It was a successful presidency."

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