Ob­ser­vance brings aware­ness to the ex­ploita­tion of re­sources dur­ing con lict

Watchmen Daily Journal - - News -

To­day, Novem­ber 6, the United Na­tions rec­og­nizes the In­ter­na­tional Day for Pre­vent­ing the Ex­ploita­tion of the En­vi­ron­ment in War and Armed Con­flict, which was es­tab­lished through a 2001 res­o­lu­tion.

“Con­sid­er­ing the dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment in times of armed con­flict im­pairs ecosys­tems and nat­u­ral re­sources long be­yond the pe­riod of con­flict,” the res­o­lu­tion ex­plained. “Mem­ber-states shall re­frain from the threat or use of force against the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of any state in their in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme, re­sources such as tim­ber, di­a­monds, gold, and oil have been im­pacted and ex­ploited due to armed con­flict.

Pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is also part of the UN’s con­flict preven­tion, peace­keep­ing, and peace­build­ing strate­gies./

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