The General Assembly of the United Nations (U.N.) at its 63 General Assembly on 3 June 2009 adopted a draft resolution on "Climate change and its possible security implications" (A/63/281), which have been proposed by the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS). The resolution was adopted by a consensus and 101 states supported it. For the first time in the history of the U.N., the United States co-sponsored a climate protection resolution.
The resolution urged the U.N. bodies to strengthen their efforts to combat climate change and to avoid intensifying potential security risks. The U.N. Secretary General was requested to submit a comprehensive report outlining the possible security risks of climate change at the General Assembly meeting in September 2009. The report should consider the views and expertise of the Member States and relevant regional and international organisations. This was the first time in history that a U.N. resolution established a direct link between climate change to international peace and security.
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