Guterres spoke at the program “The fifth UN special thematic session on water and disasters” held in Brussels.
Pointing out that almost all disasters in the world such as floods, storms, droughts, tsunamis and landslides are connected with water, the Secretary General stated that every year natural disasters force 26 million people into poverty.
“The climate crisis is exacerbating and intensifying water-related disasters, creating complex challenges that threaten lives and livelihoods. Over the past two decades, the number of climate-related disasters has nearly doubled from the previous two decades, affecting more than 4 billion people. These disasters have claimed millions of lives and It resulted in economic losses of over US$0.97 trillion.” said.
BY 2030, 50 percent of the world’s HUMANITARIAN NEEDS WILL CAUSE FROM CLIMATE-RELATED DISASTERS
Stating that 50 percent of the world’s humanitarian aid needs will be caused by climate-related disasters by 2030, Guterres emphasized that the most important way to overcome this problem is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
Guterres pointed out that emissions should be reduced by 45 percent by 2030 compared to 2010 baseline data and net zero emissions should be reached by 2050. he said.
Pointing out that communities are already going through a difficult period economically due to the new type of Corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic, Guterres called for developed countries to fulfill their annual investment commitments of 100 billion dollars to meet the needs of developing countries for adaptation to climate change.
Guterres stated that post-Covid-19 restructuring is a good opportunity to rebuild societies and economies more strongly, adding, “Every $1 invested in making infrastructures disaster-resilient saves $4 on restructuring.” said.