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Poor governance of environment and natural resources contribute to outbreak of conflict: UN Chief
On the occasion of International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict celebrated on November 7, the UN Chief Ban Ki-moon in his message said that the world community had 'a duty of care towards the environment in peacetime and during war'.

"Poor governance of the environment and natural resources can contribute to the outbreak of conflict. It can fuel and finance existing conflicts and it can increase the risk of relapse. Conversely, there are many examples of natural resources serving as catalysts for peaceful cooperation, confidence-building and poverty reduction," he added.

He stressed the need for the nations to 'work together to combat environmental crime, end the illegal exploitation of natural resources, improve transparency, share benefits more equitably and encourage the participation of women, indigenous people and vulnerable groups in decision-making'.

He pointed out that the 2030 Agenda of the UN explicitly recognized that "sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security; and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development."

He urged various governments, businesses and citizens around the world to prioritize environmental care and the sustainable management of natural resources for preventing conflict, building peace and promoting lasting prosperity.

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