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ECOSOC Addresses Resource and Humanitarian Assistance Implications of Climate Change

© COPYRIGHTFOTO23 July 2009: Speakers at the General Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on 23 July 2009, noted that climate change presents an additional global challenge “for which extraordinary resources are needed,” and that the financial architecture dealing with climate change should be efficient, effective and equitable.

On 21 July 2009, during a discussion about special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance as part of its Humanitarian Affairs Segment, ECOSOC participants discussed the increasing need for humanitarian assistance due to natural disasters caused by climate change. Speakers noted that the financial and economic crises and climate change have given rise to situations with threatened vulnerable populations, and said it is important for the international community to carry on adequate, predictable, and timely funding for humanitarian operations.

ECOSOC is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, from 6-31 July 2009, for its annual substantive session. [UNOG Press Release 23 July 2009][UNOG Press Release 21 July 2009]