UN Security Council Ministerial Open Debate on Climate Change, Peace and Security

As part of its presidency of the UN Security Council, the United Arab Emirates will host a ministerial open debate chaired by H.E. Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment to highlight how climate change impacts the capacity of UN peacekeeping and special political missions to implement their mandates.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Its interconnected consequences – intensified extreme weather, rising sea levels, food and water insecurity, biodiversity loss, and heightened health risks – jeopardize human life, livelihoods, and ecosystems and adversely impact national, regional, and global stability. Such a multidimensional challenge is unprecedented. An effective response requires distinct but complementary responses by the various pillars of our multilateral system, consistent with their respective mandates.

This Security Council open debate will consider the implications of climate change on international peace and security under the agenda item “Threats to International Peace and Security.” The discussion will explore how the Council can support the development of a collaborative and responsive approach to climate change, peace and security.

Concept Note


  • H.E. Juan Manuel Santos, Former President of Colombia, Nobel Peace Laureate, and Member of The Elders
  • Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations 
  • Salma Kadry, Climate, Peace and Security Specialist at CGIAR