The theme for the international day for peace in 2019 is ‘Climate Action for Peace’. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Climate change poses a substantial threat to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. The salinisation of water and crops is endangering food security, the impact of which is dangerous to public health. Moreover, the growing tensions over resources are leading to growing tension between different countries.
On 23 September, the United Nations will organise a Climate Action Summit with concrete and realistic plans to accelerate actions for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Summit will focus on the sectors that create the most emissions and the areas where building resilience could make the biggest difference. It will also provide leaders and partners with the opportunity to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their plans of action.
In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the United Nations calls upon all to take action to tackle climate change. Every human is part of the solution - from turning off the lights to taking public transport, to organizing an awareness raising campaign in your community.