The Hague, Netherlands, February 28 — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its latest report under the Sixth Assessment cycle.

Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, the negative and positive consequences of climate change and the options for adapting to it.

In response to the report, Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead for Climate Change, CARE International, said:

“These state-of-the-art scientific findings tell a very human story, because the impacts of human-made climate change are being felt by almost everybody on the planet. The report’s findings crystalize the inherent injustice in the climate crisis – that those who produce the least emissions are suffering the most. The report is scientific proof underlining that big emitters, in particular the G20 countries, must now step up emission reductions to keep us within the 1.5°C limit. This would save lives, significantly limit economic and ecological damage and hold back other irreversible large-scale risks. We know what we need to do, we know why, and now we must act.”

Marlene Achoki, Global Policy Co-Lead for Climate Justice, CARE International said:

“This report spells out that we are at risk of leaving people behind and we cannot allow that to happen. Now, we must take bold action to save lives and livelihoods from severe irreversible losses and damages. It is a positive step to see the IPCC say so clearly to governments that ramping up adaptation has to be more of a priority. Big emitters and wealthy countries can no longer look the other way because the evidence is there, and it says plainly that the most vulnerable countries and people need more support to meet the challenges of climate change, with women and children among those highlighted. This IPCC report also contains a pathway for policymakers: they must significantly increase climate finance going to locally-led adaptation efforts, pay close attention to the advanced and detailed analysis of key affected regions, and take action on the report’s findings that equity and social justice have to be at the heart of effectively dealing with the climate crisis.”



Juliet Perry, Communications Lead, Climate Justice Center, CARE International; ; +31615574513