The Security Implications of Climate Change - An International Dialogue held May 20, 2011 in the German House, New York

May 20, 2011

Territorial loss due to rising sea levels and increasing food scarcity are among the grave threats of climate change.  A discussion held by the Permanent Missions of Germany and Portugal to the United Nations in New York on May 20, 2011 clarified the relevance of these developments for peace and security.  Approximately one hundred representatives from policy and academic circles – including the Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, John Silk,  Dirk Messner of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Madalena Lucas, Advisor of the Secretary of State for Environment, Lisbon, Portugal and Belynda Petrie, Executive Director of the South African research institute OneWorld – explored a possible discussion of climate change and security by the UN Security Council, planned under the German Presidency in July.   

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Ambassador Berger on security implications of climate change

The following opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador Berger at a conference on "Security Implications of Climate Change", hosted by the Permanent Mission of Germany and the Permanent Mission of...