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Thematic priority

Addressing the Effects of Climate Change on Peace and Security

Across the globe, the adverse effects of climate change are becoming increasingly clear. Whether manifested in extreme weather patterns - floods, droughts, heatwaves, forest fires, storms and cyclones – or by slow-onset events such as the rise of sea levels, it impacts every aspect of human life, including peace and security.

To some UN Member States, climate change constitutes a direct existential threat. To others, it is a risk-multiplier, placing vulnerable communities under even further stress and intensifying conflicts over scarce resources.

As a member of the Security Council, Denmark will push to advance a comprehensive evidence-based understanding of the linkages between climate, peace and security. In close partnership with fellow members on the Council, Denmark will work to ensure that the Council addresses climate-related security risks in country contexts.