UN chief launched Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape Initiative to build climate resilience

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 IST

The United Nations (UN) Chief Ban Ki-moon along with the agencies of the UN system on 30 November 2015 launched initiative titled Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape to build climate resilience in the world’s most vulnerable countries.

The initiative was launched during the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris. The initiative was launched in the wake of economic losses that have increased by more than half over the past decade. Ecosystems, and food and water supplies are under increasing pressure.

Highlights of the initiative

• It will strengthen the ability of countries to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks, and reshape development to reduce climate risks.
• It is expected to address the needs of the nearly 634 million people, or a tenth of the global population who live in at-risk coastal areas just a few meters above existing sea levels.
• It will also help those living in areas at risk of droughts and floods.
• It will mobilize financing and knowledge; create and operationalize partnerships at scale, help coordinate activities to help reach tangible results, catalyze research, and develop new tools over the next five years.

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