International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

November 6, 2018


Destruction of the environment in war

(External News) In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly marked November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

Although we are all aware of the devastating toll war has on people, communities, and countries, its destructive impact on the environment is less widely recognized. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 40% of internal conflicts over the past 60 years have been related to exploitation of natural resources. Equally disconcerting are the many instances around the world and throughout history when destruction of the environment in times of war has been used to gain a military advantage.

There is hope on the horizon as nations have been demonstrating their commitment to dealing with this serious issue. Notably in 2016, the United Nations Environment Assembly adopted a resolution on the protection of the environment in areas affected by armed conflicts.

 

Related links:

Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding:

https://environmentalpeacebuilding.org/events/al-moumin-lectures/

Capacity4dev.eu blog post:

https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/unep/blog/top-un-official-environmental-protection-war-more-urgent-ever

United Nations Environment Programme:

https://www.unenvironment.org/