Fifty international leaders call for accelerating adaptation to climate change

About fifty international officials called on Monday, September 6, to speed up preparation for the effects of climate change such as storms, floods and extreme droughts, recalling that most of these phenomena are “Tragically, already inexorable”.

These consequences “Will put people, communities and the global economy at risk like never before and pose major new threats to biodiversity and human health”, the Global Adaptation Center (GCA) said in a statement.

Founded in 2018, the GCA is an international organization dedicated to accelerating the world’s adaptation to the effects of climate change. It is chaired by the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.

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Adaptation – including advanced warning systems, infrastructure adjustments, agricultural improvements – has, according to the GCA, not received the same attention, the same resources or the same level of action on the ground as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, leaving communities around the world exposed to a climate emergency faster than expected.

“The countries are ready for a new ambition”

A dialogue, bringing together some fifty political leaders and climate and development specialists in the presence of Mr. Ban and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, was held on Monday on the occasion of the inauguration in Rotterdam from GCA headquarters.

The participants – ministers, mayors, heads of international organizations and development banks – described in a statement the measures to be taken, according to them, at the world climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November, in particular the revision of the adaptation plans for which the United Nations has committed to devote 100 billion dollars per year (approximately 85 billion euros).

“Countries are ready for a new ambition in adaptation, and are also ready for large-scale finance for adaptation”, said Ban Ki-moon.

A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that a major worsening of climate impacts would occur a decade earlier than expected, with unprecedented and some irreversible changes.

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The world has already been confronted this year with extreme climatic events: spectacular fires in Greece and Turkey, forest fires in Siberia and California, famine in Madagascar, exceptional floods in China and Germany, record heatwaves in Canada, etc.

The World with AFP