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Announcing the United States has officially joined the UN Group of Friends on Climate and Security, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “this is a critical issue for the United Nations, especially because the threat isn’t just to all of our climates, it’s also a collective security issue for all of us.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

08 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“This is a critical issue for the United Nations, especially because the threat isn’t just to all of our climates, it’s also a collective security issue for all of us. The Pentagon has declared climate change both a national security threat and a threat multiplier. That’s because unpredictable and extreme weather will make vital resources, like food and water, even more scarce in impoverished countries. Scarcity spurs desperation, and desperation, of course, leads to violence. What more, at its current pace, the climate crisis is set to drive millions – and I did say millions – from their homes, propelling en masse migration that will undermine peace and security around the world.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The good news is, we can build resilience, we can stave off security threats, and we can even generate economic opportunity, if we work together. And that’s why we were proud to rejoin the Paris Agreement hours after President Biden was sworn into office. It’s why we are encouraging everyone to join us in raising ambitions in advance of the Leaders Summit on Climate that President Biden is hosting on Earth Day. And it’s why today, I’m thrilled to be standing with my colleagues from Nauru and Germany to announce the United States has officially joined the UN Group of Friends on Climate and Security.”

6. Wide shot, Security Council stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“But now, together, we can coordinate our work, we can do everything in our power to curb conflict caused by climate crisis. So, we stand ready and we stand together to support the co-chairs of the Group of Friends. And we look forward to making the climate crisis a key part of our agenda in every single body that we work in, including in the Security Council and across the United Nations.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Margo Dieye, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru:
“And now is probably safe to say that nearly every country recognized the serious threat that climate change poses on international peace and security. This is a serious matter that implicates every country’s national interest. So moving from talks to action has not always been easy, but we must broaden our coalition of countries, seeking a concrete response from the UN system.”

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Announcing the United States has officially joined the UN Group of Friends on Climate and Security, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “this is a critical issue for the United Nations, especially because the threat isn’t just to all of our climates, it’s also a collective security issue for all of us.”

Speaking to reporters today (08 Apr) in New York, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield stated, “the Pentagon has declared climate change both a national security threat and a threat multiplier. That’s because unpredictable and extreme weather will make vital resources, like food and water, even more scarce in impoverished countries.”

The Ambassador continued, “scarcity spurs desperation, and desperation, of course, leads to violence. What more, at its current pace, the climate crisis is set to drive millions – and I did say millions – from their homes, propelling en masse migration that will undermine peace and security around the world.”

She continued, “the good news is, we can build resilience, we can stave off security threats, and we can even generate economic opportunity, if we work together.”

The Ambassador added, “that’s why we were proud to rejoin the Paris Agreement hours after President Biden was sworn into office. It’s why we are encouraging everyone to join us in raising ambitions in advance of the Leaders Summit on Climate that President Biden is hosting on Earth Day. And it’s why today, I’m thrilled to be standing with my colleagues from Nauru and Germany to announce the United States has officially joined the UN Group of Friends on Climate and Security.”

She also noted that the Group of Friends is “multilateralism at its best.”

She said, “together, we can coordinate our work, we can do everything in our power to curb conflict caused by climate crisis.”

The Ambassador said the US stands ready and we stand together to support the co-chairs of the Group of Friends, and looks forward to making the climate crisis a key part of our agenda in every single body that we work in, including in the Security Council and across the United Nations.


As co-chair of the Group of Friends on Climate and Security, Ambassador Margo Dieye from Nauru also spoke to the press.

She said, “now is probably safe to say that nearly every country recognized the serious threat that climate change poses on international peace and security. This is a serious matter that implicates every country’s national interest.”

Ambassador Dieye continued, “moving from talks to action has not always been easy, but we must broaden our coalition of countries, seeking a concrete response from the UN system.”
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