Addressing the U.N. Security Council’s high-level open debate on “Impact of Climate Crisis, Food Insecurity on Efforts to Achieve Peace, Development” on February 14, Nguyen emphasized that poverty is both the root and a consequence of conflicts, while climate change is a factor that worsens food insecurity and increases threats to international peace and stability.

Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to the United Nations Nguyen Hoang Nguyen 

The U.N. Security Council needs and can do more to break the vicious cycle of climate change, food insecurity and conflicts, he stated.

First, the council needs to promote its role in preventing conflicts, take a more comprehensive and balanced approach between traditional and non-traditional security threats. Second, it is necessary to strengthen consultation and coordination with U.N. agencies, relevant mechanisms and initiatives at the international, regional and national levels to promptly handle security risks from climate change and food insecurity. And third, it is also important to ensure compliance with international law and the U.N. Charter in conflicts, the Vietnamese representative said.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres underscored that climate chaos and food crises are serious and mounting threats to global peace and security and, as such, should be addressed by the Security Council.

Participants called on global cooperation, including in further promoting the role of the U.N. and its Security Council, to ease impact of climate change and food insecurity, especially in conflict-hit countries and regions.

Source: VNA