Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Russia has vetoed an attempt to pass a resolution which would have made climate change UN Security Council business.
Russia vetoes UN resolution linking climate change, security
Russia has vetoed a first-of-its-kind U.N. Security Council resolution casting climate change as a threat to international peace and security
By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press14 December 2021, 07:30
NEW YORK — Russia on Monday vetoed a first-of-its-kind U.N. Security Council resolution casting climate change as a threat to international peace and security, a vote that sank a years-long effort to make global warming a more central consideration for the U.N.’s most powerful body.
Spearheaded by Ireland and Niger, the proposal called for “incorporating information on the security implications of climate change” into the council’s strategies for managing conflicts and into peacekeeping operations and political missions, at least sometimes. The measure also asked the U.N. secretary-general to make climate-related security risks “a central component” of conflict prevention efforts and to report on how to address those risks in specific hotspots.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia complained that Monday’s proposed resolution would turn “a scientific and economic issue into a politicized question,” divert the council’s attention from what he called “genuine” sources of conflict in various places and give the council a pretext to intervene in virtually any country on the planet.
“This approach would be a ticking time bomb,” he said.
India and China questioned the idea of tying conflict to climate, and they predicted trouble for the Glasgow commitments if the Security Council — a body that can impose sanctions and dispatch peacekeeping troops — started weighing in more.
“What the Security Council needs to do is not a political show,” Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said.
…Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/russia-vetoes-resolution-linking-climate-change-security-81725579
The resolution, if passed, could have led to utter insanity – UN peacekeepers deployed to the Amazon to protect the rainforest, using military weapons against Brazilian forest workers, or even an international military blockade of Aussie coal exports.
Although the bill was officially sponsored by Ireland and Niger, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Biden administration helped push it forward. John Kerry has been pushing hard for people to accept his evidence free claim that climate change is a security threat.
I suggest Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border while Putin publicly laments the fall of the Soviet Union, and Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and the Indian border, with a real risk of imminent invasion of Taiwan, are probably slightly more pressing security concerns than what the weather will be like a hundred years from now.
Update (EW): The UN press release and background is available here.
Update (EW): John Shewchuk points out this is a repeat attempt, they also tried this UN Security climate stunt last February.