Posted by: islandsfirst | January 27, 2009

Climate Change and Security

If you’re in New York City, register here for a little lunchtime discussion on Thursday. NYU’s “Conflict Security and Development Series” will feature H. E. Stuart Beck, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN (Palau) and Islands First Board Chair. The event will take place at 12:30 at the Puck Building on Lafayette south of Houston.

Climate change is adversely affecting sustainable development, human rights, national sovereignty and security. While sustainable development and human rights are being addressed in their respective fora at the United Nations and beyond, the security implications of climate change have yet to be given proper consideration. The failure to consider fully the interlinkages between climate change and security is a critical gap in current international negotiations and debates. Ambassador Beck will discuss ways in which climate change is undermining the security of small island states and the United Nations’ initiatives to address these problems.


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