Reacting to the announcement that the UK is pledging £720 million to the Global Climate Fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change, UNICEF UK's Executive Director David Bull said:
“Anybody who has watched with concern the impact on children and families of weather related emergencies such as Typhoon Haiyan, drought in the Sahel or floods in Pakistan can see why this funding is so critical. We know that climate change is putting children in danger right now and communities are already struggling to adapt to changes in the environment on which they depend for their livelihoods.
“The countries and communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are those already facing poverty and insecurity. They cannot wait for much-needed international agreement to reduce emissions – they need help now and there is much that can be done to improve resilience to climate change. It is crucial, and cost effective, to invest, for example, in building homes, schools and water projects that can help people withstand the impacts of extreme weather so they don’t have to pick up the pieces and start again every time disaster hits.”
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