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This is what happens when the money comes too late

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A huge crisis on a global scale is unfolding.

Since October 2015, Oxfam has been warning of a weather pattern called El Nino which, supercharged by climate change, is sweeping across the world, bringing droughts and flooding, leaving 60 million people in the Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific facing hunger, a shortage of water and disease. Oxfam is responding in 22 countries.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon recently announced the appointments of Mary Robinson and Macharia Kamau as his Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate to help ensure governments can respond early and effectively to climate-related weather events, and to protect lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable.

But more needs to be done. This crisis is not getting enough international attention and funding is urgently needed both to prevent a serious food crisis, and - as droughts and flooding become the new normal - to support communities to adapt in the long term to the changing climate. This is now especially important as the probability of a La Nina event has increased to 75%; this would likely bring flooding to drought affected areas, seriously impacting already vulnerable people. 

At the Paris climate summit in December we asked governments to increase their financial commitments to support vulnerable countries to cope in situations like this, and while they promised to do so, they failed to set strong enough targets. This food crisis shows clearly what happens when we fail to invest enough in helping communities adapt to climate change and to grow and buy enough food in a warming world.

World leaders can prevent this worsening food crisis from spiralling out of control and stop it happening again by doing two things:

  1. Urgently provide funding for countries facing an immediate humanitarian crisis.

  2. Set clear and strong targets to increase climate adaptation financing at the UN Climate Summit in Morocco in November.

Help us to ensure world leaders release the cash urgently needed to save lives now and in the future.

 

El Nino and Climate Change: Stop The Hunger

Approximately 60 million people in the Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific are facing a serious food, water and health crisis linked to one of the strongest ever recorded El Ninos. Super-charged by climate change, it’s bringing droughts, flooding and ruining harvests around the world.

Funds are urgently needed both for emergency relief for those already suffering from the effects of this super El Nino, and to support the most vulnerable communities to build their resilience to the changing climate in the long-run. 

Prevent this worsening crisis from spiralling out of control and decrease the chances of it happening again by doing two things:

1. Urgently provide funding for countries facing an immediate humanitarian crisis.

2. Set clear and strong targets to increase climate adaptation financing at the UN Climate Summit in Morocco in November.

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