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UN-ClimateChange 04-05

11. United Nations

Climate change on agenda

The U.N. Security Council put climate change on its agenda for the first time, warning global warming could be a catalyst for new conflict around the world.

The council said it would hold a high-level meeting later this month on ‘ow changing weather patterns could threaten international security.

"The traditional triggers for conflict which exist out there are likely to be exacerbated by the effect of climate change," Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, the council president, said Wednesday.

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British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett will chair the April 17 meeting and has invited the 14 other council nations to be represented at ministerial level, Jones Parry said. Last month, an international panel of scientists presented the United Nations with a sweeping, detailed plan to combat climate change, warning that failure would produce a turbulent 21st century of weather extremes, spreading drought and disease, expanding oceans and displaced coastal populations.

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