Climate change remains one of the major threats to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, says a global UN report released in Dhaka today.
“In the absence of continuum of policies designed to reduce the exposure and vulnerability due to climate change, poverty and inequality will only increase,” it said.
The low-income countries in South Asia, including Bangladesh, South-east Asia and Africa, where there is lesser capacity to prevent most adverse impacts of climate change face even higher risks, the report said.
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) Senior Economic Affairs Officer S Nazrul Islam presented “The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience—an Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities” at the UN Information Centre in Dhaka.
“The situation of low-income people, who already face inequality, will worsen with the impacts of climate change,” said Nazrul Islam.
This is a double burden for them,” he added.