Decisive action needed to tackle mass displacements due to disasters

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Tacloban City, Philippines. Credit: Krishna Krishnamurthy/WFP

Strong and decisive action is needed to tackle the catastrophic effects of climate change, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General.

Mr Jan Eliasson made the remarks during the launch of a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), a watchdog that monitors global displacement.

The risk of displacement due to natural disasters has more than doubled over the last four decades, he noted.

The Global Estimates report reveals that 32. 4 million people were forcibly removed from their homes because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes.

Mr Eliasson says the analysis of the report’s data helps monitor how the UN is protecting and supporting people displaced by disasters.

“This year’s report is extremely timely. As we prepare for the SG’s Climate Summit next week, the devastating impact of disasters and the massive displacement we see as a result highlight the need for strong and decisive action to tackle the catastrophic effect of climate change.”

A UN Climate Summit is being held on 23 September at the UN Secretariat in New York.

Earlier, the Secretary-General called on world leaders to bring “bold announcements and actions to the Summit” to tackle the effects of climate change.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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