The world is facing a climate emergency, and the window of opportunity for decisive action to limit global warming, build resilience and the adaptive capacity of people and communities to climate induced changes and disasters, is closing fast. The decade between 2020 and 2030 will be the most important one for ambitious policy and action.
The Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction serve as important global frameworks guiding the actions of governments the private sector and civil society to address climate change.
National and regional level policies, commitments and accountability remain crucial to limiting the effects of climate change and to providing support to countries and communities most affected.
Despite the urgency the political will of governments does not seem to follow suit! Today more than ever we need to come together as civil society and faith-based communities to call for climate justice!
ACT Alliance is determined to achieve what is long overdue climate justice for all, especially for those communities who are affected the most by climate induced disasters.Learn more
ACT is contributing to the full, inclusive and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and achievement of the sustainability principle underpinning the SDGs, while leveraging the experiences, programmes and evidence of the communities with which it works to influence transformational change for a just transition to more sustainable systems and structures.
Climate change is leading to increasing numbers of extreme climate and weather-related events. These are causing rising levels of climate risks, leading to loss and damage. Climate risks provoke havoc, lead to humanitarian catastrophes, and stand in the way of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus, it is of great importance to prevent and minimize risks as much as possible. However, there remains a residual risk that cannot be avoided. This is where risk insurance and risk financing have an important role to play. Climate risk transfer, that is, risk insurance, and risk financing are tools to financially address residual loss and damage by providing financial compensation.
It is not enough to make climate risk insurance available. The extent to which insurance helps to close the gaps in the protection of vulnerable groups against climate risks depends on the way in which insurance is structured.
It is shown that higher capital costs caused by climate vulnerability, increasing stranded assets due to high climate risk exposure, and higher economic inequality among nations resulting from climate change are not only future risks, but experiences we have seen both past and present. Loss estimations totaling several hundred billion USD per year clearly underline the fact that cli- mate poor and vulnerable countries are facing a huge protection gap that is going to grow further due to rea- sons beyond their control as low-emitting countries. They also show that if left alone by the international community, these countries will be financially over- burdened by the task of tackling current and future climate-induced loss and damage. If the international community does not provide support, climate vulnerable developing countries are very likely to face constantly increasing economic loss, making it almost impossible for them to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, at worst, increasing the risk of these nations ending up as failed states.
According to the Global Commission on Adaptation 2019 report ‘ Adapt now’, climate-related impacts will push more than 100 million people within developing countries below the poverty line by 2030. Without adaptation agricultural growth will decrease by 30 percent and the people facing lack of water one month per year will reach 5 billion by 2050.
ACT Alliance members have ongoing community-based livelihood work providing opportunities to mainstream low-carbon, resilient, sustainable livelihood approaches. The following points suggest measures for how the framework components can be mainstreamed in their current initiatives.
ACT Alliance wants to promote a development in line with the Paris agreement. That means a low carbon and resilient development path, where nobody is left behind. It is therefore important that programs and activities, supported by ACT Alliance and its members, consider both adaptation and mitigation.
ACT Alliance has therefore initiated activities to promote mainstreaming of climate change in programmes, and to facilitate experience sharing and best practices. Through these efforts we want to promote the development we are calling for through our advocacy work.
12 May 2023
27 April 2023
Communications Coordinator, Climate
Climate Justice Manager