Ireland “deeply frustrated by the failure of the UN Security Council on climate change,” Taoiseach told the General Assembly

Ireland is “deeply frustrated” by UN Security Council failure on climate change, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

In a key speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Martin criticized the Council’s “inaction” and criticized the United Nations’ lack of political will to do its part on the impact of climate change on peace.

He said that failure was “unbelievable” – a year ago Ireland proposed a resolution on the impact of climate change on peace and 113 countries backed Ireland. However, Russia vetoed it.

Under the veto system, this meant Ireland’s efforts were in vain.

“At times we have also been deeply frustrated by the inaction of the Security Council,” he said.

“To be honest, it is hard to believe that in 2022 the UN body tasked with maintaining peace and security has still not lived up to its responsibilities in this area.

“It is a unique failure of political will and political responsibility.”

Ireland currently has a seat on the UN Security Council, but its term ends in December.

Mr Martin criticized the Security Council’s efforts on Palestine, saying it was “no closer” to a two-state solution.

He said the Security Council meets every month to discuss Palestine and Irish officials are pushing for a two-state solution every month.

However, this was of no use.

“Each month Ireland, along with many of our Council colleagues, has reaffirmed our firm commitment to a two-state solution, with a viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders living in peace and security alongside the State of Israel. with Jerusalem as the capital of both states,” he said.

“The Security Council must live up to its responsibilities. What matters is that it strives to uphold its own resolutions.”

The Taoiseach also used the speech to criticize Russia and its war in Ukraine, saying it is an “expansionist force brutally invading and occupying a peaceful neighbor”.

He said Russia is behaving like a “rogue state” and that this is not just a Western concern and should send a signal to smaller countries that “the strong can bully the weak”.

The Taoiseach ended his speech by saying that he hopes that in 100 years a future Irish leader will return to give another speech at the UN that it will be “quite different”.

He hopes it will be one “that looks back with relief at the collective action that brought this planet back from the brink of catastrophic collapse.”

Secretary of State Simon Coveney said the UN Security Council was “not perfect” and that other countries were “deeply frustrated” that it had not been able to make “more substantial interventions” to end the war in Ukraine.

He said although Ireland had many countries supporting it in the climate vote because Russia decided to veto it, it didn’t happen.

“For us, the use of the veto is something that needs to change as part of Security Council reform.

“It is simply unacceptable that a powerful country can veto the application of international law.”

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