Summary: UNSC Open Debate on Climate and Security – 24 July 2020

Cover Summary: UNSC Open Debate on Climate and Security – 24 July 2020
Pohl, Benjamin; Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth 2020: Summary: UNSC Open Debate on Climate and Security – 24 July 2020. Berlin: adelphi.

On 24 July 2020, the UN Security Council met for a keynote debate to discuss the security implications of climate change impacts in a session chaired by German foreign minister Heiko Maas. This summary synthesises the debate's key moments, statements and outcomes.

Because the effects of climate change can exacerbate, prolong and contribute to conflict and instability around the world, many UN Member States called on the Security Council to address these threats to international peace and security more systematically and comprehensively. The open video conference provided an opportunity for member states to discuss progress towards a more systematic approach on this issue, especially regarding improved early warning and risk analysis, enhanced UN system capacity to tackle climate-related security risks and an improved operational response.