Developing countries climate change deal to be boosted as UK appoints international champion
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed the former Secretary of State for International Development, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, as the UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency.
With one year to go until COP26 in Glasgow in the UK, the International Champion will drive forward global ambition and action to support countries on the frontline of climate change to adapt to its impacts and build resilience.
Developing countries are said to be vulnerable to climate change. Without action, the World Bank predicts climate change could push more than 100 million people in developing countries below the poverty line by 2030.
With support, countries and communities can adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Measures like early warning systems for storms, investing in flood drainage and drought resistant crops are extremely cost-effective, saving not just money, but lives and livelihoods.
The UK adds that, for the next 12 months and beyond, it is committed to working with government, institutions and civil society in Nigeria and across the globe to support and work with global partners to build back better from COVID-19 and increase climate action that delivers for people in both of our countries and for the rest of the planet for this and for future generations.
In her role as Adaptation and Resilience Champion, Anne-Marie Trevelyan will engage the governments of the countries most affected by climate change and drive support from the international community and private sector.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s appointment, it was gathered, is a part of the UK’s overall effort to step up global leadership in tackling climate change. This includes the country hosting of the Climate Ambition Summit on December 12, 2020 and COP26 in November 2021.
The Climate Ambition Summit will be co-hosted by the UK, UN and France, alongside partners Italy and Chile, to mark the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement and will be an opportunity for world leaders to make ambitious climate commitments.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said: “Climate change is already affecting people all over the world and COVID-19 has reinforced the importance of investing in resilience, now more than ever.
“The Prime Minister’s appointment of Anne-Marie Trevelyan as Adaptation and Resilience Champion will boost our ability to deliver our commitment to support those most vulnerable to climate change.”
COP26 President and UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, said: “I warmly welcome Anne-Marie Trevelyan to the role of Adaptation and Resilience Champion as we mark the crucial milestone of a year to go until COP26.
“Her wealth of insight into international development will be invaluable in putting adaptation and resilience at the heart of our efforts to create a fairer, greener and more resilient global economy.”
The UK’s new International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Adaptation and Resilience Champion. It is vital the UK’s COP Presidency shows the world we are listening to the voices of those most impacted by climate change and that we will lead global action to address their concerns, from loss and damage, to access to finance.
“I look forward to working with our partners across the globe to represent and drive our high ambitions on the adaptation and resilience agenda.”