Adaptation Action Coalition: UK joins clutch of countries in climate resilience drive

UK, Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands and Saint Lucia among nations endorsing new principles for climate adaptation as world leaders gather for first ever summit focused solely on issue today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a new international coalition focused on helping vulnerable nations adapt and build resilience to escalating climate impacts at a landmark global summit today.

Johnson is poised to launch the new Adaptation Action Coalition in his address to world leaders at the virtual Climate Adaptation Summit later, at which nations, NGOs, and businesses are set to discuss how to ramp up investment and action to combat the increasingly volatile and severe impacts of the changing climate, such as heatwaves, rising sea levels, flooding, and droughts. 

The new coalition – which is being led by the UK in partnership with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, and Saint Lucia – will be dedicated to translating international political commitments made through the 2019 United Nations Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience into on-the-ground support for countries most threatened by escalating climate impacts, according to the government. New actions could include the introduction of early warning systems for storms and investment in flood drainage and drought-resistant crops, it said.

In his address, Johnson is expected to highlight the urgent need to boost climate adaptation measures in the near-term as climate impacts escalate around the world.

“It is undeniable that climate change is already upon us and is already devastating lives and economies,” he is expected

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