Adapting to the adverse effects of climate change also means increasing the resilience of the communities at risk. Achieving this objective involves efforts and expertise in areas ranging from economic development to risk reduction, from disaster relief to private investment. Co-ordinated work at the global, regional and local levels will be required in order to find practical solutions. These efforts will carry a cost. Thus, there is also a major need for the international community to mobilize the necessary human and financial resources.
Wednesday, I will launch the Global Humanitarian Forum in
In its first phase of existence, the forum will focus on the adverse humanitarian consequences of climate change. It will seek to provide an impartial and inclusive platform where decision-makers can break through the current barriers to adaptation and work together to search for solutions; where scientists and economists can meet with leaders of communities that are already trying to adapt to a changing climate; and where we can better harness the business community's ability to work for the common good.
Its outcomes are expected to contribute to the upcoming negotiations for a future climate-change regime, of which adaptation will form an integral part. The forum will seek to be a catalyst for action and to help increase support to communities most exposed to climate risks. The scale and impact of climate change require unprecedented collaboration. Now is the time to act.