British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new international coalition with a number of countries including Bangladesh to tackle the impacts of climate change.
Developed by the UK in partnership with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia and the United Nations, this new Coalition will work to turn international political commitments made through the United Nations Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience into on-the-ground support for vulnerable communities.
The Coalition will draw on the expertise of scientists, businesses, civil society and more, and will act as a forum for developed and developing countries to share knowledge and best practice on local, regional and global solutions to deal with climate change, according to British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office .
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In a virtual address to the Netherlands-hosted Climate Adaptation Summit, the first ever global summit focused solely on adaptation and resilience, the British Prime Minister on Monday launched the Adaptation Action Coalition.
Many countries across the world are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, from forest fires in Australia to the recent cyclones in Mozambique.
Without action, many more will experience significant disruption and extreme weather, devastating communities and livelihoods.
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With support, countries and communities can adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Measures like early warning systems for storms, investing in flood drainage and drought resistant crops are cost-effective, saving not just money, but lives and livelihoods.
In the UK for example, where we are experiencing more high rainfall events as a result of climate change, the
Government has committed an additional £5.2 billion to new flood and coastal defence schemes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at the Adaptation Summit that it is undeniable that climate change is already upon us and is already devastating lives and economies. “We must adapt to our changing climate, and we must do so now.”
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He said he will be making the need for a resilient recovery a priority of the UK’s G7 presidency this year. “To make sure we get not just warm words but real change, I am today launching an all-new Adaptation Action Coalition to set the agenda ahead of COP26.”
“Let’s work together to adapt, to become more resilient, and to save lives and livelihoods all around the world.”
COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said they know that the most vulnerable are at the greatest risk from climate change, and that they have done the least to cause it.
Action to address this and build resilience is needed now, before more people lose lives or livelihoods.
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“I am calling on all countries to come forward with ambitious adaptation plans. This important new coalition will crucially focus minds around the world to accelerate adaptation delivery in the areas most in need,” Sharma said.
UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation Emma Howard Boyd said last week, flood defences protected tens of thousands of people in England from record river levels during Storm Christoph. Investments in flood protections help economic development and also improve health and wellbeing by enhancing green and blue spaces.
“The Environment Agency, government and local partners have a lot of expertise to share with the world, and we also have a lot to learn. International collaboration, as championed by this coalition, is vital.”
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The UN High-Level Climate Champions’ Race To Resilience campaign and new Dutch-led Adaptation Action Agenda will help inform the Coalition to host a series of sector specific events, bringing together governments, private sector, communities and funders to deliver action to safeguard people and economies from the impacts of climate change.
The UK is already taking action both at home and internationally to improve resilience to climate change, becoming one of the first countries in the world to fulfill a key commitment of the Paris Agreement by publishing its Adaptation Communication at the end of last year.