London Climate Week, 'Raising Climate Ambition: Time to Act for a Resilient Future'
IDF Secretary General, Ekhosuehi Iyahen, spoke at a London Climate Week at the Royal Institutes on 'Raising Climate Ambition: Time to Act for a Resilient Future'. The event was hosted by DfID and the Rt. Hon. Rory Stewart OBE MP, former Secretary of State for International Development, who highlighted the scale of the climate threat faced by the global community, and the urgent need for coordinated action.
"It is essential that traditional international development efforts are combined with resilience, climate and sustainability agendas, to ensure that development successes are not undone by the effects of climate change. No single entity, organisation or country can solve this problem alone."
The panel session, entitled ‘Reducing the cost and impact of disasters’, was moderated by Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross. Ekhosuehi spoke alongside Daniel Clarke (Director, Centre for Disaster Protection), Saleemul Huq (Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development), Kamal Kishore (National Disaster Management Agency, India), and Dame Julia Slingo (World Meteorological Organization). Highlighting key issues including the flaws in 'reactionary' disaster financing, the disproportionate effect climate shocks have on the world's most vulnerable populations, and the role of the insurance industry in quantifying and communicating risk.