▷ UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow / Welthungerhilfe: Climate crisis makes hunger

28.10.2021 – 10:30

German World Hunger Aid eV

Bonn / Berlin (ots)

Before the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26), which begins on Sunday in Glasgow (UK), Marlehn Thieme, President of Welthungerhilfe, explains:

“Climate change is one of the strongest drivers of hunger. Last year around 811 million people suffered from hunger. Climatic changes are destroying livelihoods around the world and causing great suffering in many places. We see this in Africa, for example, where rising average temperatures, prolonged droughts and completely different rainfall patterns and floods threaten people’s livelihoods: In South Sudan, where about seven of the eleven million inhabitants do not have enough to eat, for the third year in a row severe floods destroyed the fields, houses and wells. The floods hit 700,000 people who were already affected by Hunger, years of civil war and COVID-19 are weakened. Or in Madagascar, where the south of the country is experiencing the worst drought in 40 years after three years without rain: 1.1 million people are dependent on food aid. The situation is particularly dire for them Smallest: Tens of thousands of children are in a life threatening condition.

The effects of climate change are felt at all levels of societies and they hit those hardest who are already struggling for their existence and who have no resources. The poor countries bear the brunt of a problem caused by the rich countries of the north. That is why the climate crisis is above all a question of justice. Glasgow cannot fail. At the climate conference in Glasgow, ambitious, national climate targets and concrete packages of measures for adaptation to climate change must be decided, for which sufficient financial resources are made available. Otherwise we will not end world hunger. ”

Michael Kühn, Welthungerhilfe’s Senior Policy Advisor, is available for interviews.

You can find detailed requirements from Welthungerhilfe in Position paper “Without climate protection there is no food security”.

We have the results of a representative survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy on attitudes towards climate change and hunger from August 2021 compiled here.

Welthungerhilfe is taking part in the debate at COP26:

  • Welthungerhilfe President Marlehn Thieme will discuss the topic of “Climate adaptation and physical climate risk – interplay of central banks, supervisors, civil society and insurance companies” at a panel discussion of the Federal Ministry of Finance in the German pavilion on Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (GMT)
  • Side event by Welthungerhilfe, ADRA and OroVerde in the German pavilion on the subject of “Climate resilient livelihoods – a holistic approach to strengthen local capacities and restore ecosystems” on Nov. 8, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm (GMT) https://www.bmu.de/en/german-climate-pavilion-cop26

For more information, see www.welthungerhilfe.de/presse

the World hunger Help is one of the largest private aid organizations in Germany; politically and religiously independent. She fights for “Zero Hunger until 2030”. Since it was founded in 1962, more than 10,369 foreign projects in 70 countries have been funded with 4.2 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works according to the basic principle of helping people to help themselves: from rapid disaster relief and reconstruction to long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organizations.

Press contact:

German World Hunger Aid eV

Contact persons:
Simone Pott
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Phone 0228-2288-132
Car 0172-2525962
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Assistance: Catherine Briones
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Original content by: Deutsche Welthungerhilfe eV, transmitted by news aktuell


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