“Climate change is inextricably linked to some of the most pressing security challenges of our time,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, echoing many permanent and temporary members of the United Nations Security Council. This debate, brought forward under the Swedish Presidency of the Council, aimed at bringing forth the nexus between climate change and security, not only in a context-specific manner like previously acknowledged but for the globe as a whole.
On the 17th of July, the UNCCD will host a Ministerial Side Event as part of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The event will focus on the initiative on Sustainability, Stability and Security (3S) in Africa.
On the 11th of July, the climate-security link will be discussed in a full UNSC session for the first time since 2011. This sessions will be held under the Swedish Presidency to debate on the security risks relating to climate security. The debate is expected to be open and will, therefore, be broadcasted live at UN Web TV.  A key question now is whether progress will be made on the establishment of a so-called institutional home for climate-security at the UN in one form or another.
With the liberation of Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS) in November 2017, Iraq entered – once again – a post-conflict period. While starting the process of rebuilding the country, Iraq is facing a severe water crisis characterised by acute scarcity, dwindling resources and sharply declining water quality.