Geneva, 20 May 2022 – Climate change is already having devastating humanitarian consequences for billions of people in every region of the world, exacting the heaviest toll on the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, from 23 – 28 May in Bali, Indonesia, is the next critical opportunity for the global community to reset priorities to ensure those disproportionately affected by climate hazards get the resources and support they need to anticipate and reduce risks and better adapt to the impacts they already face.
“Vague promises, inadequate risk reduction funding and weak implementation are costing lives, livelihoods and precious time,” says Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, who will be addressing the conference in Bali.
“Far more funds, expertise and energy must be spent on helping local communities anticipate disasters, prepare for them and mitigate their impact, instead of reacting to disasters after they wreak havoc. It’s time to change our modus operandi, dramatically scale up adaptation funding and ensure it reaches local efforts on the ground where it has the greatest impact.”
Red Cross and Red Crescent teams have been at the forefront of helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from climate-related disasters for decades. Every day, they see the rising risks for vulnerable people and work with communities to find innovative, low cost and sustainable adaptation and risk reduction measures.
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A high-level delegation of Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders and climate and disaster experts are attending GPDRR 2022 to move the policy conversation at the global level toward better climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and investment at the local level.
They include representatives from IFRC headquarters and regional offices, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and Anticipation Hub the Risk Informed Early-Action Partnership (REAP) and National Societies in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji (youth member), Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Sudan, Timor Leste, the United Kingdom, the USA and Zambia.
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IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network, comprising 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working to save lives, build community resilience, strengthen localization and promote dignity around the world
For more information and to arrange interviews, contact:
Melissa Winkler (Geneva), +41 76 240 0324, Melissa.Winkler@ifrc.org
Rachel Punitha (KL / Bali), +60 19 791 3830, Rachel.Punitha@ifrc.org,
Hamzah Ramadhan (Bali), +62 811-1161-193, Hamzah.Ramadhan@ifrc.org