WFP warns world not to sleep on climate crisis impacts

WFP warns world not to sleep on climate crisis impacts

The World Food Programme (WFP) urged world governments to develop strategies and help protect vulnerable people who are at risk of climate change crises.

The WFP noted in a press statement that the world must be proactive in predicting and dealing with disasters and extreme weather events to avoid cases of hunger, insecurity and displacement of people.

In a statement seen by The City Review, WFP stated that “To make a dent in spiralling global hunger, the world must rapidly scale up protection for vulnerable people on the frontlines of the climate crisis.”

 “With 333 million people facing acute food insecurity and a more than 60 percent shortfall in WFP funding this year, it is critical that the world prioritise protecting people from predictable climate shocks before they fall into food insecurity,” it added.

However, according to WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain, “many of the world’s most fragile countries, ravaged by conflict, instability, and poverty, are those most impacted by climate change. The climate crisis doesn’t have to be a hunger crisis, but that’s exactly what’s happening.”

McCain noted the WFP has already supported “15 million people in 42 countries with protection against climate shocks, but this is not enough.”

 “Communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis need stronger, longer-term protection before these events hit to keep them safe and fed,” added McCain.

This comes days before the leaders from the Horn of Africa attend the COP28 annual United Nations (UN) summit, where they will discuss the preparation for future climate change.

The summit is expected to happen on November 30 and will run until December 12, 2023, in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The COP stands for “Conference of the Parties”, where the “parties” are the countries that signed up to the original UN climate agreement in 1992.