UN notes humanitarian effects of environmental degradation
17 de septiembre de 2020, 16:31United Nations, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification Ibrahim Thiaw highlighted on Thursday at the Security Council the humanitarian effects of environmental degradation.
According to that 15-member body, a large number of threats to international peace and security are currently related to the environment.
Although conflicts over access to natural resources are not new, the intensity and frequency of their occurrence are unprecedented, Thiaw noted.
To prevent that situation, it is urgent to address environmental degradation in a coordinated manner and thus avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation, he indicated.
Thiaw detailed how droughts currently affect some 70 nations with greater frequency, severity and regularity; just in the last three years, over 25 countries declared a national emergency due to this phenomenon.
In addition, the world's population is increasing and this, combined with weak governance and institutions and limited capacities to respond to emergencies, makes the situation worse in many regions of the world, he emphasized.
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