UN Environment Exec. Director Statement on Environmental Impact of Armed Conflict

Nov 06 16:11 2018 Print This Article

On the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, the executive director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim, has released a statement, which follows.

Nearly 1.5 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, live in conflict-affected areas and fragile states.

War and armed conflict present a risk for humanity and other forms of life on our planet. Too many lives, and species, are at stake.

Decades of ugly wars in countries, such as Afghanistan, Colombia, or Iraq have led to the immense loss of natural resources. In Afghanistan alone, we have witnessed astounding deforestation rates, which have reached 95 per cent in some areas.

In 2017, the Islamic State triggered vast toxic clouds by setting ablaze oil wells and a sulfur factory near the Iraqi city of Mosul, poisoning the landscape and people.

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