Climate change disproportionately affects those people who are least prepared to anticipate, absorb and adapt to climate risks. The impacts of climate change threaten to undermine all efforts towards achieving the SDGs, and to fuel greater need for humanitarian responses.
Countries stated in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Article 7 para 5) that climate action should be country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and fully transparent; also it should consider vulnerable groups, communities and ecosystems, be based on and guided by the best available science and, as appropriate, traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems, with a view to integrating adaptation into relevant socioeconomic and environmental policies and actions, where appropriate.
Arresting climate change is the major global challenge of this generation. Climate-proofing development cooperation is an overarching priority. 'A better world' commits Ireland to scale up climate action and to explore innovative approaches to climate adaptation.
See also: Climate and development programming, Adaptation, Natural resource management, Climate trends and predictions