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UK to launch global climate adaptation effort with Bangladesh, other climate vulnerable countries

  • Published at 09:39 pm January 25th, 2021
Bystanders gather next to part of a medical centre that collapsed into the waters
Bystanders gather next to part of a medical centre that collapsed into the waters of the Padma River at Shariatpur some 40kms south of Dhaka on September 13, 2018AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make an official announcement about the pact at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 that started on Monday

Britain will team up with Bangladesh, Egypt, Malawi, Saint Lucia and the Netherlands to help communities around the world that are threatened by climate change to adapt and build resilience.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make an official announcement about the pact at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 that started on Monday. 

Early warning systems for storms and investments in flood drainage and in drought-resistant crops could form part of the measures promoted by the new Adaptation Action Coalition, Johnson's Downing Street office says.

"It is undeniable that climate change is already upon us and is already devastating lives and economies. We must adapt to our changing climate, and we must do so now," Johnson will say at a Climate Adaptation Summit hosted by the Netherlands.

Britain holds the rotating presidency of the G7 group of industrialised countries this year and Johnson said he would make the need for a resilient economy a priority within that framework.

In addition, Britain will host COP26, a global United Nations Summit on climate change, in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November. The summit was delayed by a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Johnson's office said the new coalition on adaptation would tap scientists, businesses and civil society groups to share knowledge and best practice on local, regional and global solutions to dealing with climate change.

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