Natural disasters and disasters related to climate change have killed more than 410,000 people over the past decade, said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the Summit on Adaptation to Climate Change.
The world is witnessing unprecedented extreme climate events, he said.
“According to the World Meteorological Organization, over the past 50 years, there have been more than 11,000 natural disasters related to weather, climate and water factors,” Guterres said.
In connection with these disasters, he said, about 3.6 trillion US dollars were spent.
“Disasters related to extreme weather and climate have killed more than 410,000 people in the past decade, the vast majority in low- and middle-income countries,” he said.
Guterres said trillions are needed to fund the world’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of “giving a boost to the low-carbon, highly resilient future that we need.”