Climate protection and adaptation to climate change are priority areas of the German development cooperation. In 2017 alone, the Federal Government has committed 3.65 billion euros in international climate finance from budget funds. Significantly, more than 80 percent of the German funds for international climate finance comes from the budget of the BMZ.
Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the Global Commission and the Global Center for Adaptation to Climate Change, said: “We must not waste time. The decisions we make today have lasting effects, and if we set the right course now, we will be on track in the future. The actions we are planning today will save us money and save lives. We will have the opportunity to create prospects, additional jobs, economic growth and more prosperity – but only if we act now.”
Kristalina Georgieva, co-chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation to Climate Change and Managing Director of the World Bank: “Already millions of people are threatened by the climate crisis, and most at risk are the poorest who have least contributed to the causes of the problem. Measures are being taken to help people cope with hotter summers, severe droughts and devastating storms. Our Commission can relay findings and serve as a conduit for new ideas on how to support the world’s most vulnerable people who have to adapt to climate change.”
Prior to the UN Climate Change Summit in New York in September, the Global Adaptation Commission will publish a report highlighting the most urgent need for action in specific areas, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions.