Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

UNGA Side Event: The Humanitarian Impact of Combined Conflict, Climate and Environmental Risks

18/09/2020 - 22:41


United Nations General Assembly High-Level Side Event

25 September at 12.30pm EST


The Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Niger, the European Union and the ICRC would like to invite you to a high-level side event on the occasion of the 75th UN General Assembly Ministerial Week to discuss the humanitarian impact of combined climate and conflict risks. The event will be co-hosted by:

  • Philippe Goffin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Defence, Belgium
  • Janez Lenarčič, European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Key note speaker: ERC/USG M. Lowcock (OCHA)

Panel – moderated by K. Peters (ODI)

  • A. Garba, Minister of Environment, Niger
  • F. Grandi, High Commissioner (UNHCR)
  • P. Maurer, President of ICRC
  • A. Maxman, CEO of OXFAM America

Those hardest hit by climate change are most often already in vulnerable conditions. People living in areas of conflict are particularly impacted by climate shocks as their resilience and capacity to cope has been degraded by armed conflict and violence. While we know that these challenges will grow as the effects of climate change increase, the humanitarian impact of these interacting risks has received limited attention in international discussions on climate and security.

The objective of this UNGA side event is to unpack how combined climate risks, environmental degradation and conflict exacerbate people’s vulnerability and reflect on how to better support them. Panellists will share their latest reflections and analysis on humanitarian concerns and present their recommendations on how to adapt our response to strengthen people’s resilience.

This side event will then offer a platform for discussion on these recommendations and on how to take into account a humanitarian perspective in discussions on climate and security.

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