On 21 June Chibeze Ezekiel, a panellist for SIPRI’s Environment of Peace initiative, briefed a virtual meeting of the Group of Friends on Climate and Security at the United Nations in New York.
Ezekiel, who heads the Strategic Youth Network for Development and is a National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Champion for Ghana, told members of the Group of Friends about the ongoing work of the Environment of Peace initiative. He stressed that climate change and environmental degradation are changing not only the security landscape but also what it takes to build peace.
Read more about the Environment of Peace initiative. Watch Ezekiel and other panellists, including panel chair Margot Wallström, discussing the initiative and their involvement in it on SIPRI’s YouTube channel.
About the Group of Friends on Climate and Security
Created in 2018, the Group of Friends includes 58 UN member states. The aim of the group is to build a coalition to promote institutional responses to climate-related security risks and to boost the UN’s involvement in this area. The Group of Friends convenes regular meetings at working level and ambassadorial level to discuss climate and security issues. All the regional groups of the UN are represented.