Written answers

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Department of An Taoiseach

United Nations

Photo of Neale RichmondNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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27. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on the most recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council. [47952/21]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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On 23 September, I chaired an open debate at the United Nations Security Council on Climate and Security. The aim of this debate was to deepen awareness of how climate is relevant to the work of the Security Council, and to outline what actions the Security Council could take within its mandate to address climate-related security risks.

As an elected member of the UN Security Council, Ireland is prioritising the issue of Climate and Security. Ireland is co-chair of the Informal Expert Group on Climate and Security of Members of the Security Council along with Niger for this year.

At the debate, I stated Ireland’s intention to convene a discussion on a thematic Resolution on the topic.

Initial discussions on the Resolution have now been convened by Ireland and Niger, as co-chairs of the Informal Expert Group. We are aware that not all Council members are like-minded on this topic, but we are hopeful for constructive engagement over the coming period.

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