Global commission set up for climate adaptation solutions

James Marshall
October 19, 2018

However, he said the worldwide consensus to fight global warming had been damaged by Trump's actions.

The commission aims to rebuild the political pact that was damaged by US President Donald Trump's rejection of the global Paris agreement. On Sunday, Trump questioned whether global warming was caused by human activities, contradicting the long-established conclusions of the world's scientists.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries have launched an initiative to accelerate and expand ways for the world to adapt to climate change.

Denmark plans to support GCA with just over 37 million kroner over the next two years and Peter Damgaard Jensen, the head of pension firm PKA and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), will be Denmark's representative at the commission.

"We are at the point of no return", Ban told an audience at the commission's launch in The Hague, where the Netherlands hosted its 28 commissioners. "Now unfortunately the level of solidarity is being loosened, especially by the Trump administration".

Businesses must play an integral role in bringing scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions, Ban Ki-moon has said, if the world is to ensure food, energy and water security in the upcoming decades.

Ban said: "The costs of adapting are less than the cost of doing business as usual".

"We are at a moment of high risk and great promise". "If everyone does their part, we can reduce carbon emissions, increase access to affordable energy, and help farmers everywhere grow more productive crops".

He assured that Bangladesh will continue to deal with the issue of climate change adaptation under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as they would like to build an eco-friendly and integrated South Asia, where Bangladesh shall continue to serve as a role model. "Dramatic weather events and volatile seasons are the new normal", said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva. The platform includes 17 countries - including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Canada - and 27 commissioners, representing all regions of the globe and all sectors of industry.

"But experience has taught us that prevention is better than cure", she said. The US administration is not represented but Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami, is a commissioner.

A flagship report will be launched during the Commission's first year at the 2019 UN Secretary General Climate Summit, and will set out the actions needed in areas such as food security, supply chains, cities, infrastructure and rural livelihoods.

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