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In the years leading up to Syria's civil war, the country endured three consecutive record-breaking droughts.That does not mean that the Syrian conflict is a "climate war".The "climate war" narrative is deeply flawed.Still, military and climate experts argue, climate change is a "threat multiplier," and thus remains an important national security issue. The U.N. Security Council is also becoming more active in the climate security field.Given the impact of climate change on issues like migration and health, decoupling discussions of climate action from national security considerations may never have been feasible. On the other hand, linking climate change to security can positively contribute to mobilizing climate action. In particular, improving reproductive health (SDG 3) and education (SDG 4) of girls and women is one of the most cost-effective ways both to mitigate climate change (SDG 13) and to empower them as community leaders (SDG 5).
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