In the past few years, climate change has emerged as a major development challenge that has potentially severe implications for global peace and security. The target audience for this policy brief is the U.N. General Assembly.
Climate change poses real risks and its effects are already taking place. It is estimated that in 2007, all but one of UN’s emergency appeals for humanitarian aid were climate related. The impacts of climate change include redrawing our coastlines, altering where we can grow food, changing where we can find water, exposing us to more severe droughts or fiercer storms and likely forcing great numbers of people to migrate from their native lands. Climate change will destabilize the economic as well as agricultural base of several countries, particularly the most susceptible developing countries.