Global Centre for R2P: "Climate Change: 'threat multiplier' for conflict and atrocities"

26 Sep 2019 9:3

GAAMAC Steering Group member the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) released an Atrocity Alert on the threat of climate change on conflict and atrocities. Several high-level UN personalities have in recent days warned of the possible horrific consequences of climate change. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called climate change "the defining issue of our time", while UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has added that "the world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope". The Global Centre for R2P warns that the challenges of climate change "pose a direct threat to some vulnerable societies, creating an environment conducive to the commission of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity."