A statement delivered to the 67th General Assembly annual General Debate by the President of Nauru. Regarding the climate change negotiations and the unavoidability of many dangerous climate-change impacts, he urged the United Nations to address the related security implications, stating that climate change would become a bigger driver of conflict in the future unless steps were taken to prepare. Questioning the Security Council’s involvement in climate-change discussions with the argument that the body did not reflect the diversity of United Nations membership, he called for reform to provide a forum for addressing the security challenges of all countries, not just the most powerful. He also pointed out that healthy marine ecosystems were vital to the sustainable livelihoods of small islands and that the Rio+20 outcome captured the Pacific small island developing States’ vision of a “blue economy,” which now needs to be implemented.
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