DAMIANO BELEFFI (San Marino) said the crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, migration and forced displacement are threatening the planet, while the intensification of conflicts in many parts of the world, together with natural hazards, are causing human suffering and compromising the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. “No individual State, even the most powerful or technologically advanced, has the capacity to face the global challenges on its own,” he asserted. He voiced deep concern about the number and the scale of armed conflicts across the globe, which cause immense suffering to millions of civilians, and about the alarming increase of dangerous nuclear rhetoric and nuclear threats, which “reinforce the image of a dark future instead of a sustainable one”. The war of aggression against Ukraine brought dramatic consequences for the civilian population, including death, destruction of vital infrastructures and massive displacement, he pointed out, calling for a just peace in that country. Noting the dramatic impact of armed conflicts around the globe on the lives of millions, he sounded the alarm over the unprecedented food and nutrition crisis. The protection of civilian infrastructure is key to ensure food security in times of conflict. He voiced particular concern about the high number of grave violations against children, spotlighting the devastating impact of armed conflicts on their fundamental rights. Accordingly, he firmly condemned attacks on schools and hospitals, as well as their use for military purposes. Also disturbing is the substantial increase in the recruitment and use of child soldiers. He further underscored the need to address the challenges posed by climate change through ambitious mitigation, adaptation and implementation of the loss and damage agenda and an adequate climate finance agenda.
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