7 million Iraqis have been “affected” by drought, climate change and forced displacement

Today, Wednesday, Iraqi President Barham Salih revealed that seven million citizens were “affected” by drought, climate change and forced displacement.

During his speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, he said, “His country seeks to enter a new environmental era through regional and international partnerships. The difficult conditions that have afflicted Iraq during the past 40 years have made the country one of the most vulnerable to climate change.”

He added, “Desertification affects 39% of the country’s area, and 54% of the fertile land is at risk of losing it agriculturally due to salinity resulting from the decline in the levels of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.”

Saleh pointed out that “Iraq has joined all the UN agreements on climate, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, the Paris Agreement of 2015, and the initiative to completely eliminate spontaneous gas flaring by 2030.”

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