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 We are recording today’s episode live at 4pm in the afternoon on  Thursday September 23.

Earlier this morning the Security Council held a special meeting dedicated to climate security. The meeting was convened by Ireland which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council and featured the participation of prime ministers and foreign ministers, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. 

In advance of this meeting I spoke with Ireland’s Ambassador to the United Nations Geraldine Byrne Nason who explained why Ireland called this meeting and what they seek to achieve.  

We will listen to that conversation later in the show and bring back Richard Gowan of the International Crisis Group who is joining us live and will offer some commentary and analysis about this unique meeting of the Security Council.

But first we are joined by Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has been participating all day in a much anticipated Food Systems Summit convened by the Secretary General. Dr. Njuki explains why this meeting was called and discusses some key outcomes from the Food Systems Summit.

 

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