Koenders to address Security Council

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13 April 2007, AMSTERDAM - Great Britain has invited Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders to address a special session of the UN Security Council next Tuesday on climate change. It is the first time that the Council is discussing the topic.

13 April 2007

AMSTERDAM - Great Britain has invited Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders to address a special session of the UN Security Council next Tuesday on climate change. It is the first time that the Council is discussing the topic.

The Netherlands does not hold a seat on the Security Council at the moment, but Koenders has been invited to speak. British foreign secretary Margaret Beckett will chair the special session.

The UN body usually only deals with conflict situations, but London fears that the effects of global warming may lead to violent conflicts which could undermine international security. "The traditional triggers of conflict are likely to be exacerbated by the effects of climate change," Britain's U.N. ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said recently.

Koenders will also be addressing the General Assembly of the UN and meet with representatives of various UN organisations such as UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and emergency aid organisation OCHA.

Koenders' predecessor as minister for development cooperation, Agnes van Ardenne, also spoke to the Security Council last year, that time about the situation in Darfur at the request of US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

Koenders will also take part in the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and will talk with politicians in Washington.

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