World Maas: Climate protection has "top priority"

03:17  24 february  2021
03:17  24 february  2021 Source:   dw.com

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According to the German Foreign Minister, climate change represents the greatest threat to peace in the world. In an online debate by the UN Security Council, there is consensus.

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Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has asked the United Nations to make the fight against global warming its "top priority". The consequences of climate change fueled conflicts, so peace is acutely endangered, Maas warned (picture above) during a meeting of the UN Security Council. Global warming also has a "negative impact on social justice and equality," he said in an open online debate on the subject by the New York UN body. The German Foreign Minister spoke on behalf of 54 member states of the "Friends of Climate and Security".

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Damaged ecosystems and the loss of species threaten food security, Maas continued. The poorest and the weakest suffered the most. "But we can and must increase our resilience. The United Nations plays a central role in this," Maas emphasized.

Hat in Berlin alles auf dem Schirm: Heiko Maas (r.) © Janine Schmitz / photothek / imago images Has everything on his screen in Berlin: Heiko Maas (r.)

"There's no going back"

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who chaired the virtual deliberations, also mentioned it Climate change a "threat to our collective security and the security of our nations". Great Britain is hosting the world climate conference COP26 in Glasgow in November.

"Like it or not, it's a matter of time when your country and people face the security implications of climate change - not if," said Johnson. As an example, he cited farmers who had to contend with climate-related crop failures and could therefore be more easily driven to radical protest.

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Johnson was supported by the well-known naturalist David Attenborough, who compared the danger to human civilization with that of World War II. The threat of global warming does not divide the world, Attenborough said. "These threats should unite us no matter what part of the world we come from because we all face them."

Lauscht in London David Attenborough: Boris Johnson (l.) © Stefan Rousseau / empics / picture alliance Listening to David Attenborough in London: Boris Johnson (left)

"We have already left the stable and safe climatic period that produced our civilizations. There is no going back - no matter what we do It is too late to prevent climate change and the poorest and most vulnerable, those with the least security, will definitely suffer, "said 94-year-old Attenborough. If we simply carry on as it is now, the world will be confronted with the "collapse of everything that gives us security". If action is taken, a "new stable status" is also possible.

New special representative in sight?

French President Emmanuel Macron also warned of a "failure on the climate front". He called for the issues of climate change and security to be viewed as one complex. The appointment of a special envoy on climate security could be an appropriate tool to coordinate international efforts in the fight against climate change, said Macron.

Germany proposed the creation of such a post last year during its membership in the UN Security Council. However, the German government had not submitted a corresponding draft resolution to the UN body because of the threat of vetoes from Washington, Moscow and Beijing.

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