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Maldives urges swift UNSC action on Climate Security


New York, 16 February 2024 (TDI): In an open debate at the UN Headquarters in New York on February 14, 2024, Maldives called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to act urgently in addressing the impact of climate change and food insecurity on international peace and security.

However, the debate focused on the critical need for immediate action in response to the climate emergency.

Maldives’ official stance was put forward by Chargé d’affaires Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed. He underscored the urgent need for the United Nations Security Council to prioritize and expedite measures to combat the severe impacts of climate change.  

Chargé d’affaires Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed stated that Maldives has always spotlighted the security dimension of climate change. He reinstated Maldives’ commitment to urge the Council to act decisively and urgently to reduce emissions and compensate for the victims of climate change.

Discussing the impacts of climate change and subsequent environmental degradation, Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed reiterated that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are the ones that face the worst environmental shocks.

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The impacts of climate change “directly affect people’s livelihoods and aggravate the SIDS’ existing vulnerabilities”, he said.

Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed stressed the cross-cutting impact of climate change on the international community.

He pointed out that climate change has far-reaching implications for the international community, affecting countries with less developed economies and growing populations, such as the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), and SIDS.

Importantly, these nations bear a disproportionate burden despite being “the least responsible for the climate crisis”, he said.

Natasha Matloob
Natasha Matloob
The writer is pursuing a bachelor's degree in International Relations from National Defense University, Islamabad.

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