Statement to “The Humanitarian Impact of Combined Conflict, Climate and Environmental Risks,” High-level Event on the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly co-organized by the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union, the Republic of Niger and the International Committee of the Red Cross
As delivered by ICRC President Peter Maurer
Colleagues, thanks a lot for the opportunity to address you today.
As Katie said, I have just returned from the Sahel region, a place hit hard by the waves of armed conflict, environmental degradation, and climate shock.
There, I witnessed a deep humanitarian crisis.
All aspects of lives are impacted: health, water, economic insecurity.
Over many years, the ICRC has witnessed these trends all over the world, in many conflict regions.
Wars are causing environmental damage and destruction. Suffering is increasing as the climate crisis intensifies.
Wars fought without respect of international humanitarian law cause even greater destruction.