Securitization of Climate Change in the United Nations 2007 – 2010

  • Gerrit Kurtz
Part of the Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace book series (HSHES, volume 8)


The debate about climate change and security in the United Nations main organs provides a practical example of the strategic use of discursive strategies such as rhetorical entrapment and forum-switching in the securitization of non-traditional threats. By relying on a revised theory of securitization, this chapter argues that the dominant storylines changed significantly between the Security Council debate in 2007 and the General Assembly negotiations of 2008–2009. The emphasis of the small island developing states on climate change as a threat to livelihoods and human security was apparently much more acceptable than the environmental conflict storyline employed by many European countries in the Security Council.


United Nations Security Council General Assembly Human Security International Peace 
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  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Internationale Organisationen und PolitikfelderUniversität PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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