UN, 23 APR — RIA Novosti. Russia against use of UN theme of climate change to divert the discussion from the specific causes of armed conflict, said during the meeting of the UN security Council of zampolpreda of the Russian Federation in the organization of Dmitry Chumakov.
on Wednesday, the UN held a security Council meeting on the so-called Arria formula. Such meetings do not relate directly to the activities of the security Council and involve consultations, which can invite not only diplomats, but also representatives of non-governmental organizations and the public. The meeting focused on what can make the UN “to prevent conflicts related to climate”, convened by France, Germany, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Belgium, UK, Tunisia, Niger, Vietnam, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
French permanent representative to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere, speaking at the meeting, which was conducted by video conference, invited the Secretary-General to establish the post of special envoy on climate and security. However, he said that the consequences of climate change has deepened the conflicts in the middle East and in the Sahel region.
“Therefore we do not consider it reasonable to stretch the agenda of the Security Council and to talk on General topics. The Security Council is empowered to discuss a conflict situation in a specific country and to identify the specific causes of these conflicts,” he said.
In his words, “climate change should not be used as a tool to divert discussions on specific countries from the elimination of the obvious and universally acknowledged causes of their instability.”
in addition, zampolpreda responded to the initiative of some States to make climate change a regular subject of discussion in the Security Council. He appealed to those who favoured the creation of new strategies for risk assessment and risk management.
“Can we assume that in this question they also wanted to discuss the increase in donor funding? If they believe in the existence of a widespread link between climate change and security?” — said Chumakov.
“If so, what specifically they expect from risk assessments? Is there any scientific data that they could share in this regard? And if not, why it is expected that we will agree that this relationship is universal and not conditional on country-specific cases”, he concluded.