THE impact of Covid-19 has magnified global issues and now more than ever, there needs to be focus on climate change especially for developing countries.
For this reason, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has appointed the former Secretary of State for International Development, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP, as the UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency.
With one year to go until COP26 is held in Glasgow, Scotland, the role of the Champion will be to drive forward global ambition and action to support countries on the frontline of climate change to adapt to its impacts and build resilience.
In a release by the British High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago, stated, “Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change and are less able to prepare for and respond to the impacts of rising global temperatures, such as extreme weather events like floods, drought and wildfires and slow onset crises like rising sea levels and desertification. Without action, the World Bank predicts climate change could push more than 100 million people in developing countries below the poverty line by 2030. However, with support, countries and communities can adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Measures like early warning systems for storms, investing in flood drainage and drought resistant crops are extremely cost-effective, saving not just money, but lives and livelihoods.”
In her role as Adaptation and Resilience Champion, Anne-Marie Trevelyan will engage the governments of the countries most affected by climate change and drive support from the international community and private sector.
The Commission stated that the UK was stepping up global leadership in tackling climate change with one year to go until COP26, the UN climate change conference, and ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit on December 12 2020.
The Climate Ambition Summit is hosted by the UK, UN and France, alongside partners Italy and Chile, to mark the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement and will be an opportunity for world leaders to make ambitious climate commitments.
Trinidad and Tobago joined 174 other countries in signing the Paris Climate Change Agreement at a special signing event which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 22, 2016.