“There is a lot of arguments, a lot of problems and a lot of division in this world. Only with multilateralism, there are solutions.” – Ban Ki-moon at MSC2020
On February 13, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon attended the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. Ban participated in a panel discussion “Apocalypse Now? – Climate and Security” with stellar speakers and stressed the importance of mutual cooperation among countries and institutes for climate action.
Emphasizing the role of youth in the global movement toward climate action, Co-chair Ban said,
“The young people protesting around the world speak more sense than many world leaders…Without the activism and passion of youth, we will not overcome two of the gravest existential threats we have: climate change and nuclear war.”
Lamenting on the United States’ decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement, he also said,
“Paris Agreement is not perfect but is the best that could be reached in 2015; its implementation remains the best way of tackling the multifaceted threats posed by the climate change.”
He further continued and showed his concern toward inadequate action taken to cope with existential climate threats and said,
“I am angry we have to repeat the science yet again. Let’s not waste time with climate skeptics. The science is clear that climate change is happening, hast. IPCC brings together 2,500 of the world’s best scientists and their 5 reports make the facts clear: If we don’t address climate change, then I think we have no hope.”
Jennifer Morgan, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International, said,
“We have seen what they youth has done, but we have to take this forward. We have to shift the power dynamics.”
Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), said,
“It was under Ban Ki-moon’s leadership that the UN Security Council first addressed the links between climate and security.”
“We do have a Schuman Plan: it’s the European Green Deal. It is the transformative vision of the new EU Commission that is not only about reducing emission or leading energy transition. It’s about biodiversity and an alternative growth mode.”
Tom Middendrop, Chair of the International Military Council on Climate and Security, said,
“I would sacrifice my life for a world where we didn’t need a military…but climate is accelerating scarcity and frictions…that’s why we need the military to help build the resilience we are looking for.”
John Kerry, former United States Secretary of State, said,
“We need to declare a war on the war of science.”
“We are heading toward an absolute catastrophe…we need to behave like we are at war.”
During this conference, over 500 high-ranking international decision-makers gathered for Munich Security Conference 2020. Personalities from politics, business, science, and civil society will discuss current crises and future security challenges in Munich.
On February 14, 18:30 CET, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon will deliver a special lecture at TUM Speakers Series on the margins of the Munich Security Conference.
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