Building Climate Resilience In Climate Risk Hotspots

The perfect combination of representatives from the UN, private sector, and government came together on a panel in the Goal 17 Partners space to discuss the intersection of climate, hunger, and conflict and the importance of partnerships in delivering impact and building resilience. 

Climate change exacerbates extremes and aggravates a wide range of social, economic, environmental and political challenges that low-income and fragile countries are already facing.

Hotspots for climate vulnerability include the Sahel, the Greater Horn of Africa, the Dry Corridor of Central America, Southern Africa and South and South East Asia. In many of these regions, as a result of climate extremes and other drivers, the number of hungry people is again on the rise, and food crises are becoming a growing and ever-present risk.

According to Ute Klamert, Assistant Executive Director of the World Food Programme, it is necessary to take a three-pillar approach in order to mitigate impact and avoid a vicious cycle: restore and build better climate resilience infrastructure, protect and invest in people and social networks, and anticipate. 

In order to take this targeted approach, we must partner with multiple actors. Climate risk hotspots are not solely a humanitarian or developmental or political issue. Climate and its intersection with hunger and conflict is a problem that must be tackled together in partnership. 

Ambassador Christian Frutiger, Assistant Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, emphasized the fact that, “The one thing about partnership is you have to be very clear about what problem you want to solve.” Then you can identify the most valuable partners.