The World Economic and Social Survey 2016 (#WESS2016) contributes to the debate on the implementation challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In addressing the specific challenge of building resilience to climate change, this year’s report, “Climate Change Resilience: an Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities”, focuses on how vulnerable population groups and communities are disproportionately affected by climate hazards.
It argues that, in the absence of transformative policies which coherently address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, building climate resilience will remain elusive and poverty and inequalities will worsen. The report stresses the need to advance understanding about the link between climate change and inequalities.
Engaging local communities in the planning, implementation and monitoring of resilience interventions is vital. Local indigenous knowledge provides a significant contribution to the design and rollout of climate resilience strategies. Case in point is the city of Gorakphur in India, where communities, constantly challenged by climate-related disasters, were instrumental in generating an understanding of local climate threshold risks derived from historical events.