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dc.contributor.author Global Leadership for Climate Action
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-27T11:23:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-27T11:23:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06
dc.identifier.citation Global Leadership for Climate Action (2009).Facilitating an International Agreement on Climate Change: Adaptation to Climate Change. Global Leadership for Climate Action, 1-40 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://www.taccire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/538
dc.description www.globalclimateaction.org en_GB
dc.description.abstract A joint initiative of the United Nations Foundation and the Club of Madrid,Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA) consists of former heads of state and government, as well as leaders in business, government, and civil society from more than 20 countries. In 2007, GLCA published Framework for a Post-2012 Agreement on Climate Change, which called for four negotiating pathways focused on mitigation, adaptation, technology, and finance. This paper focuses more specifically on adaptation and its links to development and poverty alleviation, with emphasis on action at the local level. Climate change will have significant impacts on development, poverty alleviation, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Hard-fought progress made in achieving these global goals may be slowed or even reversed by climate change as new threats emerge to water and food security, agricultural production, nutrition, and public health. Countries and regions that fail to adapt will contribute to global insecurity through the spread of disease, conflicts over resources, and a degradation of the economic system.Given the far-ranging adverse impacts of climate change, adaptation must be an integral component of an effective strategy to address climate change, along with mitigation. The two are intricately linked—the more we mitigate, the less we have to adapt. However, even if substantial efforts are undertaken to reduce further greenhouse gas emissions, some degree of climate change is unavoidable and will lead to adverse impacts, some of which are already being felt. The world’s poor, who have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions, will suffer the worst impacts of climate change and have the least capacity to adapt. Elementary principles of justice demand that the world’s response strategies and adaptation funds give special priority to the poorest countries.Adaptation is about building resilience and reducing vulnerability. Adaptation is not simply a matter of designing projects or putting together lists of measures to reduce the impacts of climate change. A national policy response should be anticipatory, not reactive, and should be anchored in a country’s framework for economic growth and sustainable development, and integrated with its poverty reduction strategies. National governments berFacilitating an International Agreement on Climate Change:Adaptation to Climate Change Facilitating an International Agreement on Climate Change: Adaptation to Climate Change the responsibility to develop and implement integrated policies and programs that build the resilience and reduce the vulnerability of their populations, emphasizing preventive local actions, to manage the risks associated with the impacts of climate change. The science is clear—climate impacts are being felt today, and greater impacts are unavoidable tomorrow. Adaptation is essential to reducing the human and social costs of climate change, and to development and poverty alleviation. Adaptation strategies abound that will yield benefits in their own right. There is no excuse for inaction. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship Government of Sweden en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.title Facilitating an International Agreement on Climate Change: en_GB
dc.title.alternative Adaptation to Climate Change en_GB

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