New commission to scale up climate adaptation measures

19 Octobre, 2018, 13:40 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez at his first State of the City address at City Hall in 2018

Miami's mayor is joining a list of big names on a new worldwide climate change commission.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with the Presidents of South Africa, Senegal, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands, Argentina; Premier of China, Chancellor of Germany, and Prime Ministers of the Netherlands, India, UK, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia and Grenada are the Conveners of the GCA, said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Wednesday.

Ban's remarks followed the release of a landmark United Nations report earlier this month that warned of global warming-triggered chaos unless dramatic action is taken. On Sunday, Trump questioned whether global warming was caused by human activities, contradicting the long-established conclusions of the world's scientists. More than $380bn (£287bn) was spent on reducing Carbon dioxide in 2015-16, compared with just $20bn boosting protection from extreme weather. "Now unfortunately the level of solidarity is being loosened, especially by the Trump administration".

"Without urgent adaptation action, we risk undermining food, energy and water security for decades to come", Ban told guests as the Global Commission on Adaptation got underway in The Hague. Continued economic growth and reductions in global poverty are possible despite these daunting challenges, but only if societies invest much more in adaptation.

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Former UN secretary general Ban-Ki-Moon said that there is no political will to address climate change, which is happening at a faster pace. With 17 convening countries and 28 commissioners, it includes of leaders from all regions of the globe, and all sectors of development and industry.

"To be able to deliver on the promises we made in the Paris Agreement, it is imperative to engage the private sector in the work regarding climate adaptation", said Tørnæs. "If everyone does their part, we can reduce carbon emissions, increase access to affordable energy, and help farmers everywhere grow more productive crops".

The choice of the Netherlands for the commission's opening was not a coincidence; a good chunk of the flood-prone European country already lies below sea level and finding ways to mitigate damage has been a focus. Or we act now and build for a resilient future, says Kristalina Georgieva.

One of the commission's most pressing tasks is to compile a report for the 2019 UN Climate Summit and to support implementation of the obligations that are agreed upon during the summit.

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