Climate-induced displacement a threat to global security: Momen
Climate-induced displacement could lead to a global security risk in today's interconnected world, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said, calling for the international community to share the burden of climate migrants' rehabilitation.
He was speaking at a roundtable on "Environment of Peace: Securing a just and peaceful transition in a new era of risk", organised by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on the sidelines of the Stokholm+50 international meeting in Sweden yesterday (June 3, 2022)
The foreign minister observed that the international community is not doing enough for millions of climate migrants who often get subjected to various forms of security risks and exploitations.
He emphasized the significance of raising global awareness of the climate security nexus and an enforcement mechanism to address the challenges.
Momen also held a bilateral meeting with Matilda Ernkrans, Swedish minister for international development cooperation and discussed the ways of enhancing cooperation on climate change, education and other areas.
He urged the Swedish minister to put pressure on Myanmar for taking back the forcibly displaced Rohingyas with safety and dignity, underlining that a business-as-usual approach with Myanmar will not make any progress.
The foreign minister also met with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen and discussed how to strengthen collaboration with UNEP on environmental and climate issues.
Speaking at another dialogue on "Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the covid-19 pandemic", Foreign Minister Abdul Momen suggested overcoming the division between technology and economic interests and strengthening international cooperation for a sustainable and inclusive future for all irrespective of ethnicity, religion, colour, gender and political divide.
He also recommended increasing investment in climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience, change in food production and consumption pattern, and stopping natural habitat and biodiversity loss.