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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping green helmets
UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Special meeting to discuss 'green helmets' force to intervene in conflicts caused by rising seas levels and shrinking resources
, US environment correspondent
Wednesday 20 July 2011 09.06 BST
Small island states, which could disappear as sea levels rise, want the UN security council to intervene. Photograph: Matthieu Paley/ Matthieu Paley/Corbis
A special meeting of the
security council is due to consider whether to expand its mission to keep the peace in an era of
Small island states, which could disappear beneath rising seas, are pushing the security council to intervene to combat the threat to their existence.
There has been talk, meanwhile, of a new environmental peacekeeping force – green helmets – which could step into conflicts caused by shrinking resources.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, is expected to address the meeting on Wednesday.
But Germany, which called the meeting, has warned it is premature to expect the council to take the plunge into green peacemaking or even adopt climate change as one of its key areas of concern
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