Revisiting securitization

An empirical analysis of environment and natural resource provisions in United Nations Security Council Resolutions, 1946–2016

Authored by: Peter Aldinger , Carl Bruch , Sofia Yazykova

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202528
eBook ISBN: 9781315473772
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There is a robust debate regarding whether the environment be addressed as a matter of international peace and security. When an issue such as the environment is securitized, it may be removed from regular politics and, more broadly, from the public sphere (Buzan, Ole, and de Wilde 1995; Taureck 2006). In the United Nations, environmental issues have historically fallen within the purview of the UN General Assembly, while peace and security issues have been the realm of the UN Security Council (Conca 2015). Many countries have been loath to have environmental issues discussed in the Security Council, as that moves the issue from the democratic General Assembly (universal membership with each country holding one vote) to the non-democratic Security Council (comprising 15 countries, with 5 having permanent vetoes), and the Security Council has substantially more power to intrude into national sovereignty.

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