The industrialized world must recognize its responsibility to face the climate crisis “and we must listen to those most affected by climate-induced damage,” Foreign Minister Kofod said in his early evening address before the annual high-level debate. of the UN General Assembly.
While the most pressing challenges of our time are felt and exacerbated across the planet, particularly as climate-related disasters affect food supplies and increase inequalities, “there is no doubt that they are felt most strongly by the poorest and most vulnerable. among us,” he said.
“Developing countries are being hit hardest and most unjustly,” continued Mr Kofod, pointing to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, “which continues to inflict human and economic wounds on the societies of the global South, and calls for to more coordinated action to “address both the problems and the fundamental imbalances in the world we share, and we must do it now.”
The future depends on solidarity
“None of us can weather pandemics alone or face the climate crisis. We neither. It must be clear that the future we share depends on solidarity and overcoming the fault lines that are increasingly driving us apart,” he said, so solidarity is an investment in prosperity, security and peace for all.
Noting that Denmark was one of the few Member States to meet the UN’s target of 0.7 percent of its GDP for 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 to ensure “climate solidarity.”
Even as Demark has worked to reduce its own footprint, Foreign Minister Kofod said his country had made major global commitments to climate adaptation and climate finance, including by scaling grant-based financing to about $500 million. per year by 2023, 60 per year. one cent of which would be spent on adaptation in poor and vulnerable countries.
“If a small country like Denmark can do this, so can the G20,” he said, urging other countries to follow suit. Also citing the need to “act and listen to those affected by climate-induced damage,” he said Denmark had launched a number of new initiatives this week for the world’s hardest-hit and poorest countries, citing the his government’s promise to pay for “loss and damage” in other countries hit by increasing cases of extreme weather events.
Rejection ‘maybe just makes disorder’
On broader global issues, he said as he listened to the speeches delivered so far this week, it was clear that the UN Charter continues to inspire us and fill us with hope for a brighter future.
Yet the world was in crisis after the Russian invasion of Ukraine some six months ago. Despite Russia’s “cruel military attack…the courage of the Ukrainian people in the face of brutality was truly awe-inspiring,” he said.
Member States have been making their views known all week – from fears that this could be the start of another cod war to despair over food shortages and fuel price spikes. But let’s be clear: these consequences are due to Russia’s aggression, not international sanctions,” Foreign Minister Kofod said.
“President Putin’s blatant imperial ambitions and horrific allusions to the use of nuclear weapons are unprecedented threats not only to Europe, but also to international peace and security, and we are extremely concerned,” he said, calling on member states to stand up. for the sovereignty of Ukraine, territorial integrity and political independence.
“We call on all member states to stand firmly on the side of the UN Charter and fight back against an ‘international disorder’ where power is making amends,” he stated.