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Toronto, Sept 18 (Canadian-Media): In the wake of increasing impact of extreme weather events, United Nations top officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly last week urged increased efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures, media reports said.
“[This year’s hurricane season] fits a pattern: changes to our climate are making extreme weather events more severe and frequent, pushing communities into a vicious cycle of shock and recovery,” Guterres was quoted by the media as saying at a high-level event on Hurricane Irma, recalling that the past month alone saw four major hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, causing much damage and destruction.
“Extreme weather linked to climate change has an impact all over the world, including floods in southern Asia and landslides and droughts in Africa,” he added.
Guterres said controlling of carbon emissions to help control the rising temperatures and adaptation methods should be complemented by being prepared ahead of storms for easy mitigation effects for easy recovery from these catastrophic events and would contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The high-level meeting was reportedly co-hosted by the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, and saw the participation of a number of top Government officials from UN Member States, including Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda; Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas; Bert Koenders, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; Alistair Burt, the Minister of State for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom.
It was also attended, continued the reports, by Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme; Mark Lowcock, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator; and Kristalina Georgieva, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association at the World Bank.
Greatly concerned about the growing impact of climate change and the current trend of greenhouse gases emissions reportedly on rise of severe weather events, Lajcak was quoted by the media as saying,
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“The impact of Irma, Maria and other recent systems reminds us of the importance of adaptation and resilience to climate change and further strengthening mitigation efforts, through the implementation of the Paris Agreement [on Climate Change], which is a milestone for collective engagements towards the planet’s sustainability,” he said, adding “Let us not let the lives lost be in vain. Rather, let us be inspired to take personal and collective action to support the victims and survivors rebuild their communities, homes and lives, stronger than even before.”
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In response to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable populations effected, United Nations (UN) -- an intergovernmental organization which promotes international co-operation to maintain international order -- had launched a $15.1 million regional humanitarian grant aimed to reach an estimated 265,000 affected people until the end of this year.
Following the devastating effects of category five hurricane, UN emergency relief fund released $10 and UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) also allocated $10 million to enable humanitarian efforts to help tens of thousands of people.
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According to official reports, the allocation will enable UN and other organisations support the national and regional response, including providing immediate food, critical health care, clean water and other urgently needed aid to the people most affected by Irma, in particular women and girls.
“We will continue to stand in solidarity with the people of the Caribbean to ensure maximum support is available to the commendable national and regional efforts,” Lowcock, who manages CERF on behalf of the Secretary-General, was reported by the media as saying.
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(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)