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3 June 2009 - Press release: the General Assembly united against the consequences of climate change

On 3rd June 2009 the 192 member states of the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution, cosponsored by 101 States, recognizing that climate change is an issue for international security.

This resolution is a first step which will allow the mobilization of all United Nations organs, including the Security Council, to investigate and respond to threats in terms of security related to climate change.

The adoption by consensus is a very strong political signal 7 months ahead of the Copenhagen Conference, where an ambitious international agreement must be adopted to fight climate change.

This adoption is first and foremost a success for the small Pacific island states, who initiated this proposal, and who were able to attract the attention of the international community to the threats which directly confront them.

More generally, this resolution constitutes a success for all States that are vulnerable to the consequences of climate change and whose voices are now being heard calling attention once again to the need for urgent action to mitigate its effects.

It is a success for the European Union and for France who spared no effort to ensure that this initiative was a success and who are implementing the European Security Strategy adopted last December under the French Presidency of the EU.

Finally it is a success for the United Nations, which demonstrated its responsiveness to this new challenge.

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