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G7 Agrees greater role for climate change in Foreign Policy - 20th April

Climate Change

Climate change is now considered to be ‘among the most serious’ security threats facing the world and should be integrated into foreign policy.

The report, commissioned by G7 group (made up of the UK, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and Germany), says world leaders should consider climate change to be at the forefront of foreign policy, allowing us to build resilience to its impacts. The group has also reiterated their support for a strong UN climate change deal in Paris at the end of the year. Integrating climate-fragility considerations in to foreign policy will allow G7 countries to assess climate-related security challenges and act accordingly with other countries.

The authors of the report described climate change as ‘the ultimate threat multiplier’ with potential of aggravating fragile situations with the possibility of leading to social upheaval and conflicts. The threat of climate change cannot be tackled by one government, a collaboration of all is needed to act upon the threat posed by climate change.

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