Iran calls on UN to consider impact of wars on environment

TEHRAN, Dec. 01 (MNA) – Head of the Department of the Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar called on the United Nations (UN) to consider the impact of wars on climate change and the environment.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris on Monday, Ebtekar said that the conference is indeed a significant opportunity for the participation of world leaders to discuss the climate changes and a new agreement which will prevent the consequences of the changes on countries and societies.

She added “industrialized and developed countries have a heavy responsibility since they have played a more prominent role in accelerating climate change and emissions of greenhouse gas.”

“In such a situation, the use of renewable energy such as solar and wind has a great importance. Iran also has presented related plans by which we hope to reach to a logical and balanced document holding the interests of all”, she noted.

She added that COP21 main concern is to limit the rise in the planet’s temperature by 2 degrees.

Iran has promised to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 4% and it will increase it to 12% if the sanctions are fully lifted, she added.

“I wish to urge the UN system to initiate an assessment on the carbon footprints of war, conflicts, security and terrorism,” Ebtekar said. “Those perpetuating conflicts are in fact accomplices of the global warming process.”

Ebtekar also said that the immediate needs of developing nations must be addressed as they continue to suffer the damage of climate change.

Leaders from more than 150 countries have gathered in the French capital Paris for climate talks.

The historic summit, which is organized by the United Nations, kicked off on Monday in search of an agreement to restructure the global economy so that it could be less dependent on fossil fuels, a major source of global warming.

It will conclude on December 11.

 

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