Today over 2 billion people – one third of the global population – are poor or near-poor and face persistent threats to their livelihoods, including from climate change. Estimates indicate that by 2030 more than 100 million people could fall back into extreme poverty due to climate change, while over 200 million people could be displaced due to more frequent and severe climatic disasters.

As highlighted last week at COP24 in Poland,  unless urgent action is taken under the Paris Agreement, climate change will catalyse a resurgence of poverty and decelerate progress across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For UNDP, the UN’s largest provider of grant assistance for climate action with over US$3 billion of projects in over 140 countries (PDF) around the world, a top priority is to accelerate local action and build the resilience of the poor. At the country level, UNDP serves as a platform for integrated solutions to combat both climate change and poverty.

In this regard, building synergies between the respective SDG 1 targets to “implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all” (target 1.3), and to “build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters” (target 1.5), is essential.

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