Energy, Climate and Natural Resources

  • February 2023

    Sea-Level Rise

    Monthly Forecast

    In February, the Security Council will convene a ministerial-level open debate on sea-level rise and its implications for international peace and security, one of the signature events of the Maltese Presidency. Malta’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg is expected to chair the meeting. No formal outcome is anticipated.   

  • This report seeks to address how the Council has engaged with the climate change, peace and security dossier following the December 2021 veto of a draft resolution on this issue.

  • Tomorrow (29 November) at 3 pm EST, there will be an Arria-formula meeting on “Climate, Peace and Security: Opportunities for the UN Peace and Security Architecture”. The meeting, which will take place in the Trusteeship Council chamber, is open to...

  • 11 October 2022

    Debate on Climate and Security in Africa

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow morning (12 October), the Security Council will hold a debate on “Climate and security in Africa”, under the “Threats to international peace and security” agenda item. This is one of the signature events of Gabon’s Council presidency. Gabon’s Foreign...

  • October 2022

    Climate and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    Gabon is planning to hold a debate on “Climate and security in Africa” under the “Threats to international peace and security” agenda item as one of the signature events of its Council presidency. The meeting will be chaired by Gabon’s foreign minister, Michael Moussa-Adamo. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat are expected to brief. Representatives of some of Africa’s sub-regional organisations may also participate in the meeting.

  • In October, Gabon is organising a high-level debate on strengthening the fight against the financing of armed groups and terrorists through the illicit trafficking of natural resources. The debate will be one of the signature events of Gabon’s presidency. AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security Bankole Adeoye, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Fathi Waly, and a representative of civil society are likely to brief. Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is expected to chair the meeting.

  • Tomorrow (9 March) at 10 am EST in the ECOSOC chamber, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will convene a ministerial-level Arria-formula meeting on climate finance (that is, the local, national or transnational financing of initiatives aimed at addressing climate change...

  • On Monday morning (13 December) the Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution on climate change and security which was co-authored by Ireland and Niger, the co-penholders on the climate file. It says that the adverse effects...

  • Tomorrow (9 December), the Security Council will hold a high-level open debate on “security in the context of terrorism and climate change” under the agenda item “Maintenance of international peace and security”. The meeting, which is the signature event of...

  • December 2021

    Climate Change and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In December, Niger is planning to convene an open debate on “Security in the context of climate change”. Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum is expected to chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres and Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat are the anticipated briefers. Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, the Executive Director of the Lake Chad Basin Authority and Head of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), might brief as well.

  • On Monday (18 October), an Arria-formula meeting on “Sea-Level Rise and Implications for International Peace and Security” will be held in person in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. The meeting is being organised by Viet Nam, Ireland, Niger, Saint Vincent and...

  • 22 September 2021

    Climate and Security: High-level Open Debate

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (23 September), the Security Council will hold a high-level open debate on the “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Climate and Security”. Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheál Martin will chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres and a civil society...

  • September 2021

    Climate Change and Security 

    Monthly Forecast

    In September, Ireland plans to host an open debate on climate change and security. Secretary-General António Guterres is expected to brief. A civil society representative may brief as well.    

  • In recent years, few thematic issues addressed by the Security Council have aroused as much attention, or controversy, as climate change and security. While it is not a formal agenda item, climate change and security has increasingly become a focus of signature events spearheaded by Council presidents. More and more, the Council is also emphasising the need for risk assessments and risk management strategies for climate change and ecological changes

  • 21 June 2021

    The UN Security Council and Climate Change

    Research Report

    While climate mitigation and adaptation measures are within the purview of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and contributions to such measures are outlined in the Paris Agreement, many Security Council members view climate change as a security threat worthy of the Council’s attention. Other members do not. One of the difficulties in considering whether or not the Council should play a role (and a theme of this report) is that there are different interpretations of what is appropriate for the Security Council to do in discharging its Charter-given mandate to maintain international peace and security.