Climate Change Adaptation in the News

November 2021

November 2021

Push on climate action in pandemic shows strength of Paris pact: UNDP chief

Friday 12 November 2021

The world is far off the emissions cuts needed to keep global warming to a crucial limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius, but projected temperature rise is creeping down toward the goal, thanks to the 2015 Paris Agreement, the U.N. development chief argues.

Achim Steiner told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow that people should be impressed the summit was happening amid a global pandemic.

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COP26: Climate justice is the strident war cry of young activists in Bangladesh

Tuesday 9 November 2021

In Bangladesh, young activists are demanding climate justice for their people who are some of the worst affected in the world by rising extreme weather events, such as cyclones and floods. All eyes are turned to COP26, the climate summit underway in Glasgow, Scotland, with the hope that meaningful action is initiated to mitigate the terrible impact of climate change in Bangladesh year after year.

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COP26 : l’expansion agricole est responsable de près de 90% de la déforestation dans le monde (FAO)

Tuesday 9 November 2021

« D’après la dernière évaluation des ressources forestières mondiales de la FAO, nous avons perdu 420 millions d’hectares de forêts depuis 1990 », a fait valoir le Directeur général de la FAO, Qu Dongyu à la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (COP26), où la FAO a présenté ces nouvelles données. 

En effet, l’étude de la FAO montre qu’au niveau mondial la perte de couvert forestier est attribuable pour plus de moitié à la conversion de forêts en terres agricoles et que le pâturage est responsable de près de 40% de la réduction des surfaces forestières.

Elle confirme également un ralentissement général de la déforestation mondiale, c’est-à-dire un ralentissement de l’affectation de terrains forestiers à d’autres usages, comme l’agriculture et les infrastructures. 

Toutefois elle met en évidence la pression importante que l’expansion agricole exerce en particulier sur les forêts tropicales humides.

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New Announcements Relating to Adaptation Made at COP26

Tuesday 9 November 2021

UK COP Presidency - COP President daily media statement and latest announcements

List of announcements, 8th November:

  • Global leaders commit to a shift towards locally-led adaptation through over 70 endorsements to the  Principles for Locally Led Adaptation and over $450m mobilised for initiatives and programmes enhancing locally-led approaches [LIFE-AR, FLLoCA, CRPP and the Taskforce on Access to Finance] .
     
  • $232 million has been committed to the Adaptation Fund, the highest single mobilisation to the Fund and more than double the previous highest collective mobilisation with a $20m contribution from the UK. Commitments came from from the USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Qatar, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the Quebec and Flanders governments.
     
  • Race to Resilience campaign brings together initiatives that are strengthening the urban, coastal and rural resilience of 2 billion people worldwide.
     
  • New climate providers  have committed to balance through the Champions Group on Adaptation finance.
     
  • The UK has announced £290 million in new funding for adaptation today, including £274 million for the Climate Action for a Resilient Asia (CARA) programme.
     
  • New climate providers have committed to balance through the Champions Group on Adaptation finance.
     
  • 88 countries are now covered by Adaptation Communications or National Adaptation Plans to increase preparedness to climate risks, with 38 published in the last year.

See full release with today's press conference opening statement from COP President Alok Sharma here.

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Workshop studies report on Vietnam’s blue economy

Monday 8 November 2021

A consultation workshop on a report on Vietnam’s blue economy took place in Hanoi on November 5.

The event was jointly held by the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The report will be released at an international conference on sustainable blue economy and climate change adaptation slated for December 13-14 in Hanoi.

It points out the potential of Vietnam’s blue economy towards sustainable development through assessment on sectors’ contributions to the economy. 
 

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Dear World Leaders

Monday 1 November 2021

Tell our World Leaders that our patience has run out. That the climate crisis is real and we need action now! The more of us that speak up, the more they have to listen.

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COP26: how plugging data gaps will transform our response to climate change

Monday 1 November 2021

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Just a week before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, three of the United Nations’ leading agencies on climate and development released alarming reports.

The World Meteorological Organization has highlighted how greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2020. It found that concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere rose at a faster rate in 2020 than over the previous decade.

The UN Environment Programme reports that new and updated climate commitments by UN member states fell far short of what is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. This leaves the world on track for a devastating global temperature rise of at least 2.7 degrees Celsius this century.

 

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Irrigation minister: Egypt’s renewable water resources limited

Monday 1 November 2021

Egyptian Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aati asserted that Egypt’s renewable water resources are limited and mostly depending on the River Nile in addition to very limited amounts of rains and underground water in the deserts.

These remarks were made by the minister during his meeting with a delegation of international organisations operating in the field of water resources management. The delegation is chaired by United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt Elena Panova and Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Silvan Merlin along with representatives of the European Union, the embassies of the US, UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Finland.

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