Climate Change as a Threat to Regional Peace and Security and the Role of the UNSC: An India-EU Perspective in Context


  • Sujata Arya Deemed University
  • Aparajita Mohanty Deemed University
  • Sayantan Bhattacharyya Deemed University



India, EU, United Nations, climate change, international policy


Climate change has increasingly come to be viewed as a security threat, as well as a ‘threat multiplier’. The impact of this has become a cause for major international concern, especially in light of national contributions to climate change, by virtue of heavy industrial dependence on polluting processes. To address this issue, certain national lobbies have suggested that the United Nations Security Council should be made legislate on the issue, given its bearing on international security. This approach has been supported by nations and blocs like the United States, the EU, the Pacific Islands, etc. An alternate lobby, comprising states like India, have argued against this approach due to the UNSC’s fractured mandate, and expressed their wish to keep deliberations more representative. This paper shall evaluate the context of climate change, the legal principles underlying it, and argue in favor of the Indian stand that the UNSC is not the appropriate institution to make policy decisions on this matter.


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Author Biographies

Sujata Arya, Deemed University

Ph.D, B. Com, BA (French, German, Spanish), LLB, LLM, NET, Certificate in IPR (WIPO). Dr. Sujata Arya has been associated with Symbiosis for the past 19 years. She has her Ph.D in the field of Climate Change and Environmental Refugees. Dr. Arya teaches the courses of Law of Torts, Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Health Law, Human Rights and International Humanitarian and Refugee Law. Dr. Arya has contributed immensely towards facilitating internationalization and increasing student and faculty mobility at SLS, Pune. She is also one of the faculty in charge of the Environmental Cell and has deep interest in promoting environmental causes. Further Dr. Arya has participated in Teacher’s Training Programme at Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University in March 2007 and was the recipient of the DAAD Grant “New Passage to India,” wherein she visited Hanover University, Germany from May 7th to May 15th 2012. She has been a part of the Eurasia Project and undergone training at Catania University, Italy and Sofia University, Bulgaria. At present she is a part of the team working on Erasmus+ Projects relating to Climate Change and International Law and Migration. She has prestigious publications in international and national journals.

Aparajita Mohanty, Deemed University

Is an Associate Professor at Symbiosis Law School, Pune, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) India. She has 25 years of teaching experience. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science with an M.Phil. on Public Administration. The area of her doctoral thesis is on higher education policy. At the law school, she teaches varied courses ranging from Political Theory to International Relations, Public Administration, Law & Governance, Comparative Constitution, Principles and Practice of EU Law. She is a resource person for the Certificate Programme for EU Legal Studies. As a recipient of the DAAD Grant “New Passage to India,” she has visited Hanover University, Germany in 2009 and delivered lectures on Indian Political System. She has been a part of the Eurasia Project and undergone long term and short term training at University of Catania, Italy and Jagiellonian University, Poland. At present she is a part of the team working on Erasmus+ Projects – Climate Change Policy and Law, International Law and Forced Migration.

Sayantan Bhattacharyya, Deemed University

Is a 4th Year B.B. A LL.B (Hons) student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune under the aegis of Symbiosis International (Deemed University). Mr. Sayantan is the recipient of the Shantanu Tomar Scholar and 5-Year Merit Scholar.


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How to Cite

Arya, Sujata, Aparajita Mohanty, and Sayantan Bhattacharyya. 2021. “Climate Change As a Threat to Regional Peace and Security and the Role of the UNSC: An India-EU Perspective in Context”. Politeja 18 (4(73):123-44.