UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned in Fiji today of the growing danger to global peace and security posed by climate change, which significantly affects the Pacific archipelago.
“Military strategists clearly see the potential impacts of climate change increase tensions around resources and lead to massive movements of people around the world,” said Guterres at the Pacific Islands Forum summit.
He pointed out that temperatures and natural disasters are becoming increasingly extreme, and stressed that climate change will seriously affect food security due to water salinization and loss of cultivated areas, as well as public health in the most vulnerable countries.
By 2016, more than 24 million people from 118 countries and territories were forced to abandon their homes due to natural disasters, three times more than the number displaced by the conflicts on the planet, according to UN data.
Guterres also highlighted the historical experience of the Pacific islands in adapting to various climate phenomena and called for increased international cooperation with this area of the world to deal with the effects of climate change.
“The Pacific region is at the forefront of climate change … and that’s why you are important allies in the fight against climate change,” Guterres said in a statement.
The UN secretary-general is in Oceania primarily to address the growing problems caused by climate change and the threat it poses to the planet’s seas and oceans, which, as water levels rise due to global warming, is causing the loss of Pacific Island land.