“Climate change seems to be eclipsing all other environment and security issues, but those issues haven’t gone away,” says Oli Brown, program manager at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). “There are still problems with illegal timber
, still problems with mining
, there are still problems with diamonds, there are still problems over land
, and so on. Climate change
encompasses a lot of those issues and makes some of them more difficult and more pressing.”IISD
is working with the United Nations Environment Programme
on ensuring that these issues are addressed in UN peacekeeping missions. “What we do with UNEP is to coordinate a group of experts that help to advise the UN family on ways that it should do conflict prevention, post conflict reconstruction, peacekeeping, peace negotiations and peacebuilding more effectively,” says Brown.