Remarks by Ambassador Ferit Hoxha at the Security Council Open Debate on Counter-terrorism and Climate

I would like to thank Niger for organizing this High-Level Open Debate. The topic couldn’t be timelier. We thank the SG for his insightful remarks and all other briefers for bringing us a better view and closer to the realities on the ground.

Climate Change is without a doubt the major challenge of our time. It has profound and adverse consequences for peace and security, our well-being and ultimately our survival. We need no longer wait for proof since far too many recent examples, including in our own vicinity, as the previous speaker, Greece, just highlighted, have convincingly shown how climate change is affecting every aspect of life, everywhere, causing huge economic downturn, throwing tousands back to extreme poverty, provoking migration and displacement, making those affected more vulnerable of being recruited or used by terrorist groups.

Mr. President,
 
We are concerned by the findings of annual report assessment of the UN counter terrorism mechanism CTED-UNOCT, which emphasized that the number of cases of individuals being recruited from ISIL, Al Qaida, Boko Haram belonging to the families living in bad environment conditions has increased. Even more concerning are the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shows that climate disruption caused by human activities is widespread and intensifying.
 
Under these circumstances, we strongly believe that there is urgent need to increase efforts and take concrete action to address climate change and the climate related risks in the context of international peace and security.
 
This is why we think that the UN System and the Security Council in particular, should play a greater role in addressing, properly and continuously, the climate related risks to international peace and security. The Council should fully integrate the knowledge of climate-related risks into all aspects of its work.
 
In this regard, we welcome the DR initiated by Ireland and Niger calling for a more systematic UN’s analysis of climate security, including on the security implications of climate change for the regions and countries on the Council’s agenda. Albania co-sponsored this DR and we hope the Council will be able to adopt this concrete landmark initiative, showing that the Council is there when people, the world need it.
 
Mr. President,

Albania is working hard to achieve the United Nations global goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% in the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050, in accordance with Paris Agreement. The Strategy on Climate Change and the Mitigation Action Plan of greenhouse gas emissions is at the core of our development roadmap.

Aware that climate-related security risks to international peace and security are real and increasing, Albania has defined Climate Change as one of its priorities in the Security Council. In this context, we will work to better integrate the climate-security nexus on the Security Council agenda.

Monsieur le Président,
 
Pour terminer, je souhaite rappeler que nos enfants et les générations futures nous tiendront responsables, à juste titre et pour toutes les bonnes raisons, de nos actions ou inactions face au changement climatique.

On regrette aujourd’hui de ne pas avoir fait plus, il y a vingt ou trente ans. Nous croyons à la sagesse humaine et à la capacité d’apprendre de ses erreurs, de corriger le tir et de prendre les mesures qui s’imposent. C’est pourquoi nous sommes prêts à unir nos forces à celles de pays aux vues similaires pour faire avancer cet agenda. L’Albanie continuera d’être un membre actif et proactif dans le maintien et la promotion de l’Agenda pour le climat et la sécurité.
 
Je vous remercie!

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