Climate change is deadly, costly and hits hardest those who are least responsible for causing it. It is a key driver of the rising levels of global hunger and is undermining efforts to address extreme poverty. Low-income countries are exposed to some of the most severe climate impacts, have the least capacity to adapt and find it hardest to recover from the devastating impacts caused by floods, droughts, heatwaves, cyclones, and rising sea levels. It is the people that have contributed least to climate change who are currently paying the price.
High-income countries most responsible for climate change are also most able to cover the costs of dealing with the impacts. We are therefore urging those countries to keep to their commitment and provide the means of implementation to allow poorer countries to prepare for increasing climate impacts.