Guided by the findings of his World Disasters Report, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is embarking on an ambitious strategic direction to end hunger by 2030 in Africa, while mitigating climate change. One of the flagship climate adaptation actions is the planting of five billion trees by the end of the decade.
The World Disasters Report 2020, “Come Heat or High Water: Tackling the Humanitarian Impacts of the Climate Crisis Together” presents analyzes and recommendations designed to help local and national governments, as well as donors and civil society organizations, take action. emergency measures to protect communities at risk from the current and future impacts of climate change.
The Commissioner for Rural Agricultural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE), for the African Union Commission, HE Amb. Josefa Sacko, said:
“The World Disaster Report 2020 comes at a time when all of humanity faces complex risks. This report provides important lessons for creating synergies and bridging the gap between climate change and disaster risk reduction.
In his opening remarks at the launch of the World Disasters Report, Amb. Sacko said “In record time, we discovered that a vaccine protected us from coronavirus infection. It has strengthened my confidence in our common humanity that we are able to find solutions that protect both humans and the natural environment, including against the impacts of climate change.
Mohammed Mukhier, regional director of the International Federation for Africa, said:
“Many communities in Africa are affected by simultaneous and consecutive crises, leaving them little time to recover before the next shock arrives. There is so much to do here to help people adapt to the realities of the climate crisis, reduce their risks and build their resilience.
“Everyone has a role to play. To fight food insecurity, we will help 10 million families start food production initiatives by 2030. ”
The effects of global warming are already killing people and devastating lives and livelihoods every year, and they will only get worse without immediate and determined action.
The Global disasters Report 2020 insists that urgent action must be taken at community level, where it is most needed. But all the players need to be smarter about how they do it.
Informed by the recommendations of the World Disasters Report, the IFRC urges everyone to become climate smart, by correctly setting their priorities, integrating and localizing their approach.
In Africa, the IFRC is launching 4 initiatives that will aim to adapt and mitigate climate change; Reduce poverty; provide an effective and timely response to localized crises and disasters – among other objectives.
Mukhier of the International Federation said: “The pandemic has shown the entire humanitarian sector that the future is local. Red Cross volunteers and staff in Africa have already supported communities in more than 20 climate-related emergencies this year, while trying to protect people from COVID-19. “
The report is available for download at this link: World Disaster Report 2020 (https://bit.ly/2OPOMS5).