“It’s encouraging to see steps being taken at COP27 to support the most vulnerable to climate change. It’s essential that a greater proportion of climate finance reaches communities affected by conflict and violence to reduce people’s double vulnerability to climate risks and conflict. We’re already seeing these devastating effects in such places as Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali, and Yemen. Our work in these places helps people cope with the climate crisis. But humanitarian action alone is not enough to overcome the many challenges people suffering from violence and climate shocks face. Without decisive financial and political support to the most fragile countries, the suffering will only worsen,” Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s director-general, said from COP27.

By Rekha