Item 3 - Interactive dialogue on the report of the Secretary-General on the adverse impact of climate change on the full realization of the right to food. NB8 Denmark (03.07.2023)

UN Human Rights Council - 53rd session

Item 3 - Interactive Dialogue on the report of the Secretary-General on climate change and the right to food

Intervention by the Nordic Baltic-states delivered by H.E. Erik Brøgger Rasmussen, Permanent Representative of Denmark

3 July 2023

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Mr. President,

I have the honor to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries: Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and my own country Denmark.

This decade represents a closing window of opportunity for us to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. We must act together to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Increasingly, we witness the negative impacts of climate change. From extreme drought and flooding to more frequent and severe natural disasters destroying the ability of entire regions to feed themselves.

Climate induced events like these, whether they hit suddenly or arrives slowly, have an impact not only on the right to food, but on the full realization of all human rights all over the world. Persons at the frontline of climate change, including women, children, Indigenous Peoples, and LGBT+, are especially at risk, and action needs to be inclusive and ensure their participation.

We welcome the report of the Secretary-General, and we would welcome the thoughts of the Office on how we could further bring forward the report and the topics it touches upon in the work of the Council?  

Thank you.