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UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping
UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping

Special meeting to discuss 'green helmets' force to intervene in conflicts caused by rising seas levels and shrinking resources

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, Wednesday 20 July 2011 09.06 BST
  • A special meeting of the United Nations security council is due to consider whether to expand its mission to keep the peace in an era of climate change.

    Small island states, which could disappear beneath rising seas, are pushing the security council to intervene to combat the threat to their existence.

    There has been talk, meanwhile, of a new environmental peacekeeping force – green helmets – which could step into conflicts caused by shrinking resources.

    The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, is expected to address the meeting on Wednesday.

“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”.J Robert Oppenheimer.

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