Poverty and climate change reducing the vulnerability of the poor

[A contribution to the 8th Conference of the parties of the UN Frmawork convention on climate change]

"Poverty and Climate Change" focuses on how climate change impacts poor people and poor countries. and what measures are needed to cope with these impacts. It demonstrates the importance of coping with climate change, and associated changes in climate variability to reduce poverty and sustain growth. It highlights the need to integrate climate concerns into development programs to ensure the long-term achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as the need to support developing countries in their efforts to cope with current variability as a first step to building resilience to climate change. One of the main principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is that: "the parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. Accordingly, the developed country Parties should take the lead in combating climate change and the adverse effects thereof' (Article 3.1). Tackling the causes of climate change by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases is a vital component of coping with climate change. But even if current greenhouse gas emissions were significantly reduced in the short term - which currently seems unlikely - the cumulative build-up of carbon in the atmosphere will ensure continuing climate change for decades to come.

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Oct 2002

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Agris Subject Categories: 
Climate change
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FPMU Documentation Center
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