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25 Sep 2018

Foreign minister Maas calls for better information base and climate risk analysis at UN Security Council

Clean Energy Wire

As climate change exacerbates existing conflicts and has a destabilising effect on countries and entire regions, the German government aims to “counter climate risks as part of a preventive and stabilising foreign policy,” said foreign minister Heiko Maas in a statement ahead of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. “Prevention is key,” said Maas. In 2019 and 2020, Germany will be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. “It is important to set up a toolbox so that we can react as quickly as possible when we see crises emerging. This requires a better information base and risk analysis, including in the Security Council,” said Maas.

Find the statement in German here.

For background, read the CLEW article Merkel pledges stronger climate action globally and at home and the dossier The Energiewende and its implications for international security.

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