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Incoming UN Secretary General Stresses Connection Between Climate Change and War

Tackling climate change will help prevent global conflict, the incoming UN Secretary General has warned.

The new head of the UN, Antonio Guterres, told the Security Council in New York that the organisation had to play a more active role in preventing conflict because “the cost of inaction is simply too high”.

The former Portuguese Prime Minister and successor to Ban Ki-moon believes the UN is spending “far more time and resources responding to crises rather than preventing them” and that people and nations were “paying too high a price” as a result.

Mr Guterres said climate change was exacerbating internal conflicts and called for the UN to respond with a more multi-faceted approach.

Martin Talbot

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