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Security In A “Warming World”: Competences Of The Un Security Council For Preventing Dangerous Climate Change

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This chapter gives an overview over the controversial discussion about the link between climate change and security threats. It then deals with the normative concept of international peace and security in the UN Charter and its relationship to climate change as a non-military threat. Next, the chapter assesses the current multilateral climate regime for its effectiveness to prevent climate change related threats. It then investigates the mandate of the Security Council with regard to addressing environmental threats. Of particular interest in this context are the Councils competences to impose sanctions, to legislate, and to condemn state actions or inactions. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) could be requested to answer the question about the status of the no-harm rule in international law in the context of causing dangerous climate change or the status of rights established under the UN climate regime.

Keywords: climate change; International Court of Justice (ICJ); international peace and security; UN climate regime; UN Security Council



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