There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. Further, global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now.
The annual average losses from earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, requiring an investment of US$6 billion annually in disaster risk management alone. The goal aims to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries and help mitigate climate-related disasters.
Helping more vulnerable regions, such as land locked countries and island states, adapt to climate change must go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures into national strategies. It is still possible, with the political will and a wide array of technological measures, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This requires urgent collective action.
Goals in action
Under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Programme, the Equator Initiative supports the work of local and indigenous communities in creating sustainable development solutions worldwide. They have found innovative ways to combat the effects of climate change, and the Equator Prize—awarded to 20 communities this year—recognizes these efforts. This short from Perspective Film Production highlights the work of six of the recipients. MORE >
900 ISLANDS 6 provinces, 1 project: Enhancing clean & climate-resilient water systems in the Solomon Islands
"The people in Tuwo" - a beautiful island community on Fenualoa Island, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands – "didn't know much about what climate change is, they thought a supernatural force was eating their coastline." MORE >
The island of Thoddo in Alif ALiff Atoll is considered the watermelon capital of the Maldives. It is a highly agricultural community, but conventional methods of farming practiced by locals pose serious threats to the environment and human health. This video is about a Tourism Adaptation Small Grants Project in the island working on showcasing alternative methods which are safer for the environmental and human health. MORE >
The UNDP has been working with the Government of Indonesia under the UN’s Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme, funded by the Norwegian government, to tackle deforestation by improving livelihoods around the forests. MORE >
Despite the susceptibility of Bhutan’s public health to climate change, the country has worked hard to strengthen its capacity to adapt to climate change. An important innovation of the Bhutanese initiative is linking climate data with epidemiological surveillance. MORE >
We can rediscover the beauty of our planet every day - if we just look in the right places. A smile around the corner, rice paddies that shimmer in endlessly varying shades of green, or a mountain range at the horizon. Lao PDR and Timor-Leste are two places to get inspired by the natural beauty of life, created and sustained by the simplest of elements, water. MORE >
An effort by the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme to protect medicinal plants and natural forests in My Phuong commune, Bac Kan province. MORE >