Flooding: Vulnerable people, communities paying price of climate change impact – UN
The United Nations has condemned the slow pace at which the world is adopting climate change, calling it unacceptable. The UN disclosed that vulnerable people and communities are paying the price of climate change impact. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres disclosed this in a statement made available to DAILY POST on the release of the Adaptation Gap Report. The devastating flooding in Kogi, Anambra, Bayelsa States and other parts of Nigeria is a clear example of climate change impact. To this end, the UN said nations must dramatically increase funding and implement actions designed to help vulnerable countries and communities adapt to climate storms. "Adaptation needs in the developing world are set to skyrocket to as much as $340 billion a year by 2030. Yet adaptation support today stands at less than one-tenth of that amount. The most vulnerable people and communities are paying the price. This is unacceptable," UN Secretary-General Guterres said. "Adaptation must be treated with a seriousness that reflects the equal worth of all members of the human family. It's time for a global climate adaptation overhaul that puts aside excuses and picks up the toolbox to fix the problems," he added. Similarly, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, Inger Andersen advocated that the world must urgently work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Andersen said that countries across the world must work towards reducing greenhouse emissions. "Nations need to back the strong words in the Glasgow Climate Pact with strong action to increase adaptation investments and outcomes, starting at COP27," she added. Here, yielding to the UN's call for speedy adoption of climate change policy implementation across nations is critical.