Kuwait re­news sup­port for ef­forts to ad­dress cli­mate change chal­lenges

Kuwait con­demns ter­ror­ism in Africa’s Sa­hel re­gion

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

NEW YORK, July 12, (KUNA): Kuwait, af­fected by cli­mate change, will spare no ef­fort on all lev­els to tackle its ad­verse ef­fects, be­liev­ing also that fac­ing this phe­nom­e­non is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity.

This came in Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi’s speech dur­ing the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion on In­ter­na­tional Peace and Se­cu­rity with Fo­cus on Cli­mate-Re­lated Se­cu­rity Risks.

Cli­mate change is a ma­jor con­cern for the world’s pop­u­la­tion, as for its harm­ful im­pacts, which is one of the big­gest chal­lenges in the cur­rent era be­cause it threat­ens the se­cu­rity and ex­is­tence of many coun­tries and warns of a hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­as­ter, Al-Ota­iabi said.

“No­body is safe,” Al-Otaibi said, re­fer­ring to the dan­gers of this chang­ing phe­nom­e­non, while the Coun­cil may not be the ideal fo­rum to tackle the phe­nom­e­non of cli­mate change, its in­put is valu­able. Com­bat­ing cli­mate change re­quires a co­or­di­nated ap­proach, he added.

De­spite the myr­iad ef­forts taken, the path ahead is long. Po­lit­i­cal will, co­op­er­a­tion and in­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity are all es­sen­tial, he added.

Al-Otaibi stressed ef­forts of the Coun­cil are an in­te­gral part of the ef­forts of other United Na­tions bod­ies and agen­cies to con­sider and ad­dress cli­mate change, in­clud­ing its pos­si­ble im­pli­ca­tions for se­cu­rity.

Ef­forts

Those ef­forts based on re­quire­ments, prin­ci­ples and pro­vi­sions of the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change, the Ky­oto Pro­to­col and the Paris Agree­ment. Al-Otaibi re­called the causes and con­se­quences of cli­mate change such as drought, de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, famine, po­lit­i­cal tur­moil, dis­putes over nat­u­ral re­sources, mass ex­o­dus, hur­ri­canes, floods, se­vere heat waves, high wa­ter lev­els and food in­se­cu­rity.

De­vel­op­ing coun­tries are mak­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts to ad­dress cli­mate change and en­hance their ca­pac­ity to adapt to cli­mate change; es­pe­cially the least de­vel­oped among them, as well as small is­land States and a num­ber of African coun­tries.

Mean­while, Kuwait on Wednes­day fiercely con­demned ter­ror­ist acts tar­get­ing the safety and se­cu­rity of Africa’s Sa­hel re­gion, namely car­ried out by groups like Boko Haram and the so-called Is­lamic State.

In a speech at the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Kuwait’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi un­der­lined Kuwait’s sup­port of gov­ern­ments in their ef­forts to tackle ter­ror­ism and eco­nomic chal­lenges.

Dur­ing a ses­sion dis­cussing the role of women and se­cu­rity in the Sa­hel, he said this was faced with nu­mer­ous chal­lenges.

Chal­lenges

These in­clude chal­lenges to the en­vi­ron­ment, which sub­se­quently af­fect food se­cu­rity, eco­nomic, like un­em­ploy­ment, and se­cu­rity, like ter­ror­ism.

Women, in par­tic­u­lar, are af­fected by these chal­lenges due to their sit­u­a­tion, he said.

Terror groups, through re­cruit­ment, tar­get women, he said. This is why the UN needs to em­ploy more and more women through­out its peace-pre­serv­ing mis­sions.

He went to com­mend the UN’s role in en­hanc­ing the role of women in these ef­forts, most re­cently af­ter the or­ga­ni­za­tion in­creased their par­tic­i­pa­tion in a mis­sion aimed at sta­bil­ity in Mali by 22 per­cent.

The UN has also placed women’s em­pow­er­ment on its pri­or­ity list as part of a strat­egy aimed the Sa­hel.

The Kuwaiti en­voy also praised the “cru­cial role” played by the African Union in lead­ing peace mis­sions, de­scrib­ing this as an ex­tremely im­por­tant means to re­spond to dis­putes and crises in Africa.

There is an op­por­tu­nity to in­crease the role of African women in ef­forts to achieve se­cu­rity and sus­tain­able peace on the con­ti­nent, he un­der­lined.

KUNA photo

Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi dur­ing the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion on Int’l Peace and Se­cu­rity with Fo­cus on Cli­mate-Re­lated Se­cu­rity Risks.

KUNA photo

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