Statement from the Tánaiste and Foreign Minister of Ireland Simon Coveney for the BCSC 2020

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Covid-19 reminds us that life is precarious and interconnected. But our world was already fragile. Violent conflict, humanitarian need, and displacement increased over the past decade, influenced and intensified by climate change. And now the pandemic threatens hard-won development gains. In responding, we need to listen and learn from those most affected. We need to build on our collective expertise and capability at every level.

We must remember that those who have contributed least to climate change – people from Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States – are the most exposed to its consequences. Those most at risk have the least capacity to respond. Protecting the most vulnerable and safeguarding their human rights must be at the heart of genuinely inclusive global response. With climate already driving insecurity, we need the United Nations and the Security Council to play their part.

On the Security Council, Germany has shown great leadership on climate and security. Ireland, as a newly elected member, will work hard on the Council to take this agenda forward. We must complement our global efforts by reinforcing local and regional institutions to address climate change and security. We must invest in quality research to help us build back better through informed and inclusive actions that protect the most vulnerable.

Together, we can build a more peaceful, secure and better world. We are only 10 year away from the deadline that we set for ourselves in the 2030 Agenda. The decade of action is upon us. Now is the time to act.
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