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Last week, the UN Security Council met for a special session on the ‘Security Dimensions of Climate Change’.You may have not heard about this. The meeting was held behind closed doors because some permanent members of the Council were opposed to it being a ‘formal meeting’. Hence, there were no official press releases, no

It’s no secret: climate change is a threat to peace and security

Last week, the UN Security Council met for a special session on the  ‘Security Dimensions of Climate Change’.

You may have not heard about this. The meeting was held behind closed doors because some permanent members of the Council were opposed to it being a ‘formal meeting’. Hence, there were no official press releases, no quotes from senior UN officials and no written record or outcome, besides the limited media coverage.

The meeting was co-chaired by Pakistan. To the people of Pakistan, the links between climate change and security are not a secret and cannot be kept behind closed doors. Many of them experience the impacts on a daily basis.

Pakistan tops the Global Climate Risk Index as one of the most vulnerable nations to a multitude of climatic risks. In 2010, it was listed as the number one country in the world affected by climate related disasters; floods taking place that year affected a fifth of the country, impacting 18 million people. Record breaking monsoon rains in 2011 and a glacier melt that killed 135 people in 2012 have kept the country in the top three most vulnerable countries.

And while heightened vulnerability is making the impact of exposure to extreme events in Pakistan worse, it is also no secret that the occurrence of these extreme events is not limited to Pakistan, or to the developing world.

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