The industrial world must recognize its responsibility in dealing with the climate crisis “and we must listen to those most affected by climate damage,” Foreign Minister Kofod said in an early evening speech at the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.
While the most pressing challenges of our time are felt and even exacerbated across the planet, especially as climate-induced disasters affect food supplies and increase inequality, “there is no doubt that they are felt most strongly by the poorest and most vulnerable among us,” he stated.
“Developing countries have been the most severely and unfairly affected,” continued Mr. Kofod, pointing to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, “which continues to inflict human and economic wounds on societies in the Global South and calls for more concerted action to address both the current challenges and the challenges facing our shared world.” with a fundamental imbalance, and we need to do it now.
The future depends on solidarity
“None of us can lead through pandemics or withstand the climate crisis alone. Neither should we. It should be clear that our common future depends on solidarity and overcoming the fault lines that increasingly separate us,” he said, so solidarity is an investment in prosperity, security and peace to all.
noting that Denmark was one of the few member states to meet the UN target of 0.7 percent of its GDP for ODA; [which specifically targets support to the economic development and welfare of developing countries]Another focus of such efforts should be ensuring “climate solidarity,” he said.
Indeed, even as Denmark has worked to reduce its footprint, Foreign Minister Kofod said his country has made major global commitments to climate adaptation and climate finance, including increasing grant-based funding to around $500 million a year, per 60 people, by 2023. cent that would be allocated to adaptation in poor and vulnerable countries.
“If a small country like Denmark can do it, so can the G20,” he said, calling on other countries to follow suit. Also citing the need to “step up and listen to those affected by climate damage”, he said that just this week Denmark had followed through with several new initiatives for the world’s worst-hit and poorest countries, citing his government’s pledge to pay for “damages and damages” in other in countries affected by increasing extreme weather events.
Reject “may cause the right alarm”
On broader global affairs, he said it was clear from the speeches so far this week that the UN Charter continues to inspire and fill us with hope for a better future.
Yet the world was in crisis after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine about six months ago. Despite Russia’s “vicious military offensive … the bravery of the Ukrainian people in the face of brutality has been truly awe-inspiring,” he said.
All this week, member states had expressed their views, from fears that this was the start of a new cod war to despair over food shortages and soaring fuel prices. But with all this… let’s be clear: these consequences are due to Russian aggression, not international sanctions,” said Foreign Minister Kofod.
“President Putin’s brazen imperial ambitions and chilling hints of using nuclear weapons are an unprecedented threat 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 Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty. integrity and political independence.
“We call on all member states to stand firmly on the side of the UN Charter and fight against ‘international disorder’ where it is right,” he said.