Security Council

Climate Change, Peace and Security - Security…

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 have an adverse impact on national, regional and global stability.

The meeting is aimed at exploring how climate change affects the capacity of United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions to implement their mandates, from basic access to at-risk populations and their protection, to managing tensions and supporting peace processes and sustainable peace. The discussion will draw on insights from conflict and post-conflict settings in which United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions have been deployed. Moreover, the discussion will showcase, through concrete cross-regional examples, how climate action can provide entry points for conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It will also underscore the potential for synergies between security, humanitarian, development and climate actors that can reduce, and eventually eliminate, instability and fragility. Building on that foundation, in their discussion, participants will explore how the Security Council can support the development of a collaborative and responsive approach to climate change and peace and security and how to target and tailor climate action to complement the Council's responsibility to maintain international peace and security. 

The ministerial meeting will be held in an open debate format, under the agenda item "Threats to international peace and security". It will be chaired by the Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates, Mariam Almheiri. 


  • Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations (to be confirmed)  
  • Former President of Colombia, Nobel Peace laureate and member of The Elders, Juan Manuel Santos
  • Civil society briefer 

Concept note (S/2023/408)