New global climate coalition launched

Boris Johnson has announced the Adaptation Action Coalition, a new international coalition to tackle the impacts of climate change.

The Prime Minister will formally launch the coalition in a virtual address to the Netherlands-hosted Climate Adaptation Summit, outlining a partnership of the UK with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia and the United Nations, that will turn international political commitments made through the United Nations Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience into on-the-ground support for vulnerable communities.

COP26 president-designate Alok Sharma said: “We 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. 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.”

The Coalition will draw on the expertise of scientists, businesses, civil society 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.

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.

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