The industrialized world must acknowledge its responsibility to tackle the climate crisis “and we must listen to those most affected by climate damage”, Foreign Minister Kofod said. in his early evening speech before the annual high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly.
While the most pressing challenges of our time are being felt and even exacerbated across the planet, especially as climate-induced disasters impact the food supply, and increasing inequality, “without a doubt, they are being felt most strongly by the poorest and most vulnerable among us,” he said.
“Developing countries are the hardest hit and the most unjust,” continued Mr. Kofod, pointing to the lasting consequences from COVID-19 pandemic, “still inflicts human and economic wounds on societies in the Global South, and calls for more coordinated action to address” both the ongoing problems and the loss of life. fundamental balance in the world that we share, and which we must do now. “
The future depends on solidarity
“None of us can weather the pandemic or fight the climate crisis alone. Nor should we. It must be clear that the future we share depends on solidarity and overcoming the fault lines that are increasingly separating us,” he said, so solidarity is an investment in prosperity. prosperity, security and peace for all.
Note that Denmark is one of the few member states to achieve the UN-defined target of 0.7% of its GDP on official development assistance (ODA). [which specifically targets support to the economic development and welfare of developing countries]He said another focus of such efforts should be on ensuring “climate solidarity”.
Indeed, even as Demark has worked to reduce its own footprint, Foreign Minister Kofod said his country has made major global commitments to climate adaptation and climate finance. including by scaling up aid-based financing to approximately $500 million a year by 2023, 60 each of which will be dedicated to adaptation in poor and vulnerable countries .
“If a small country like Demark can do this, the G20 can do it too,” he said. He said that just this week, Denmark has launched a number of new initiatives for the worst-affected and poorest countries in the world, referring to the Government’s commitment. pay for “loss and damage” in other countries affected by increasing extreme weather events.
Denial ‘could upset rights’
On broader global issues, he said that while listening to the speeches made this week, it was clear that uncharted continue to inspire and fill us with hope for a better future.
However, the world was plunged into crisis after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine six months ago. Despite Russia’s “fierce military offensive… the bravery of the Ukrainian people in the face of atrocities has been truly astounding,” he said.
All this week, member states have made their positions public – from fear this is the start of a new Cod War to despair over food shortages and spikes in fuel prices. But in all this… let us be clear: these consequences are due to Russian aggression and not to international sanctions,” said Foreign Minister Kofod.
“President Putin’s blatant imperial ambitions and appalling allusions to the use of nuclear weapons represent unprecedented threats to not only Europe, but also peace and security,” he said. international security, and we are deeply concerned,” he said, rallying member states to stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territory, integrity and political independence.
We call on all member states to stand firmly on the side of the Charter of the United Nations and against an ‘international disorder’ where right can be done.