I am especially interested if the hyphen in the sentence is used correctly and if this can be called a hyphen in the first place. This source states that it should rather be called "em-dash".

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    This does not address the issue of the punctuation so it's a comment rather than an answer but it would be better to say "...approaches to..." rather than "...approaches on...". Originally an approach was (and still is) a physical movement made towards a place or person, later it became a means of approach such as a path, a drive or a paved area and has come to mean a conceptual method of problem solving more recently still. However the approach is still made to the goal, not on it.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 8:32
  • There are a lot of similar questions already on this site: look at the tags em-dash and dashes.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 9:41

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Kindly look at this website https://www.howtogeek.com/812094/whats-the-difference-between-em-dash-en-dash-and-hyphen/. According to it, hyphen is smallest, en-dash is in-between, em-dash is biggest.

To know whether it is hyphen, en-dash or em-dash go to https://www.fontspace.com/unicode/analyzer .

An em-dash is often used to separate interjections or parenthetical phrases, without interrupting the flow of the sentence. So your sentence is better served with an em-dash. And if used, it should be used like this example sentence (in https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/em-dash-en-dash-how-to-use)

Mabel the Cat was delighted with the assortment of pastries the new bakery featured, but Harry the Dog—he felt otherwise.

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