There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. Further, global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now.
The annual average losses from earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, requiring an investment of US$6 billion annually in disaster risk management alone. The goal aims to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries and help mitigate climate-related disasters.
Helping more vulnerable regions, such as land locked countries and island states, adapt to climate change must go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures into national strategies. It is still possible, with the political will and a wide array of technological measures, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This requires urgent collective action.
Goals in action
Throughout Africa and beyond, millions of poor people from rural areas have been moving to the suburbs of big cities, areas with little or no infrastructure. While government and UNDP are working together to improve infrastructure, climate change is threatening to undo all this good work. MORE >
Climate change has led to more drought and shorter rainy seasons in Mali. The government has partnered with UNDP to strengthen agricultural communities and empower women to mitigate the social and economic impacts of climate change. MORE >
El-Nino is a climatic natural phenomenon that occurs every five to seven years, and while we cannot control it, we can prevent the damage to lives and livelihoods by considering a seven-point agenda for longer-term resilience and securing sustainable development. MORE >
To help coastal communities in Gambia, UNDP and the GEF partnered with Gambia’s National Environment Agency and communities on a coastal resilience project to develop alternative livelihoods. MORE >
For the first time in the 25-year history of climate diplomacy, countries concluded a universal treaty under international law. While Africa is the lowest contributor of global emissions, it is the most vulnerable continent to climate change with majority of its population relying on the land for subsistence and economic activity. MORE >