Dec 16, 2017, 12:36 PM
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Climate change, top security challenge: UN-Iran envoy

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA - UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran Gary Lewis warned on Saturday that climate change and its environmental hazards are the planet's real security challenge of the 21st century.

Security is a political priority and uses the language of mobilization, but it has a flip side which includes refugee camps, illegal migrants, pirates, and retreating icebergs, he said at the seminar Regional Security in West Asia: Emerging Challenges and Trends held in the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran.

His presentation titled Impact of Climate Change on Security described 'the environment as a threat multiplier' during which Lewis also alerted that scarce resources of food, water and energy can result in security hazards such as restrictions on freedom and movement, anger toward minorities, and increased authoritarianism.

'The future is happening now. We need to wake up and fix the problem,' said the UN envoy who was speaking as the key speaker of the seminar's opening session which is also part of the upcoming Tehran Security Conference 2018 to be held on January 8.

'Think [of security] in terms of human security. Improve our knowledge of climate change impacts. Seek transformational technologies,' he introduced as solutions to the climate change menace.

'Improve our ability to deal with massive, complex, non-linear phenomena. Broaden collaborative international planning. Think and plan in terms o decades – not year,' Lewis added to the ways out of adverse climate change impacts.

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