UN / ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION PEACE AND SECURITY

17-Sep-2020 00:02:43
“From the Sahel and Lake Chad region to war zones around the globe, millions are suffering on the frontlines of environmental degradation, climate change and conflict,” ICRC President, Peter Maurer told the Security Council in a session dedicated to the humanitarian effects of environmental degradation on peace and security. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION PEACE AND SECURITY
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DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

17 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Splitscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):
“From the Sahel and Lake Chad region to war zones around the globe, millions are suffering on the frontlines of environmental degradation, climate change and conflict. Peace and security will not be established by focusing only on military and security measures to curb conflict and violence. We must ensure that those most at risk are urgent priorities. Building resilient communities alongside efforts to protect those communities from violence is critical. Robust action needs top be well framed and executed in strict respect of the laws and principals to avoid fueling further cycles of violence.”
4. Splitscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
“Despite heroic efforts of the humanitarian community, lives are being saved, but not being changed. Year after year, the vicious cycle spirals. We must dig more deeply in order to address root causes. Conflicts over the access to natural resources are not new, but the intensity and the frequency are unprecedented. Farmer and pastoralists fight for the control of scarce fertile land and water. And the users of natural resources are from different tribes or religious groups and in the absence of a strong judiciary system there are cases of excessive violence leading to cycles of dangerous retaliations.”
6. Splitscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
“Our environment is our health, our wealth and our wellbeing. If we, in a coordinated way avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation we can better preempt, prevent and manage many conflicts in the world.”
8. Splitscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Kalla Ankourao, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger:
“The fight against the humanitarian effects of the environmental degradation on the peace and security is a multidimensional combat. It comprises protection and recovery of land, as well as rational use of natural resources, thus creating foundation of a sustainable development, which while responding to the needs of population, it also dampens the terrorist propaganda. Or, as we say, the poverty and uncertainty are the tools of violent extremists and terrorists.”
10. Splitscreen, Security Council in virtual meeting

STORYLINE:

“From the Sahel and Lake Chad region to war zones around the globe, millions are suffering on the front lines of environmental degradation, climate change and conflict,” ICRC President, Peter Maurer told the Security Council in a session dedicated to the humanitarian effects of environmental degradation on peace and security.

“Peace and security will not be established by focusing only on military and security measures to curb conflict and violence,” Maurer said. “We must ensure that those most at risk are urgent priorities.”

Maurer insisted that “building resilient communities alongside efforts to protect those communities from violence is critical. Robust action needs to be well framed and executed in strict respect of the laws and principals to avoid fueling further cycles of violence.”

Presided by Niger’s Foreign Minister Kalla Ankourao, the Security Council held Thursday (17 Sep) a virtual meeting at the ministerial level examining links between conflict and environmental degradation, focusing on Sahel and Lake Chad Basin.

Ankourao said “the fight against the humanitarian effects of the environmental degradation on the peace and security is a multidimensional combat. It comprises protection and recovery of land, as well as rational use of natural resources, thus creating foundation of a sustainable development, which while responding to the needs of population, it also dampens the terrorist propaganda.”

Also briefing the Council, Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) said “despite heroic efforts of the humanitarian community, lives are being saved, but not being changed. Year after year, the vicious cycle spirals. We must dig more deeply in order to address root causes. Conflicts over the access to natural resources are not new, but the intensity and the frequency are unprecedented. Farmer and pastoralists fight for the control of scarce fertile land and water. And the users of natural resources are from different tribes or religious groups and in the absence of a strong judiciary system there are cases of excessive violence leading to cycles of dangerous retaliations.”

Thiaw said “our environment is our health, our wealth and our wellbeing. If we, in a coordinated way avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation we can better preempt, prevent and manage many conflicts in the world.”
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