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Commissioner Lenarčič co-hosts a virtual event on the humanitarian impact of combined conflict, climate and environmental risks

© European Union, 2019 (photographer: Xaume OLLEROS)

Today, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič will co-host a virtual event on the humanitarian impact of combined conflict, climate and environmental risks, co-organised by the EU and the Kingdom of Belgium.

“It is clear that climate change and environmental degradation are threat multipliers. They are aggravating factors for conflict as they interact with the root causes. Today, it is estimated that at least 40% of internal conflicts have a link to natural resources. If we are to seek peace in these regions, we must also look to address the root cause of these issues. That is why the European Union is committed to addressing these crises collectively and individually,” said Commissioner Lenarčič.

The virtual meeting will take place at 18:30 CET and is organised in the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly. It will also discuss how to improve the protection of the natural environment in armed conflict through better respect for international humanitarian law.

The event can be followed via the live streaming.

Publication date
25/09/2020