Cora van Nieuwenhuizen – UNGA Event 2020
Source: Climate Vulnerable Forum
Hon. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister for Infrastructure and Water of the Netherlands
Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders Event
October 7, 2020
@CvNieuwenhuizen: “The virus itself makes no difference in touching rich or poor, north or south, but its negative effects are mostly felt by poor and vulnerable... None of the challenges we faced before, such as climate change and water-related disasters have gone away.” [1/4] pic.twitter.com/a9EYu627QE— Climate Vulnerable Forum (@TheCVF) October 7, 2020
YouTube Video of Speech
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you all via this video message.
On behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands I would like to compliment you for the efforts to organise this very timely online conference.
All around the world people are struggling with an unprecedented disaster. A crisis killing hundreds of thousands of people and jeopardising our global economy.
As our doctors and laboratories work day and night to find solutions, to find a medicine, a vaccine – washing our hands with water and soap remains a first line of defence.
It is there that the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting once again the key inequities across the world.
The virus itself makes no difference in touching rich or poor, north or south. But it’s negative effects are mostly felt by the poor and vulnerable.
Because let’s not forget that COVID-19 is an additional crisis. None of the challenges we faced before, such as climate change and water-related disasters, have gone away.
As a low-laying delta with overseas islands in the Caribbean, our Kingdom is no stranger to the issues involved.
In the Caribbean we are seeing record breaking hurricane seasons. Rising sea levels are a major threat. And even in our water-rich delta in Europe the last three years draught is our enemy.
We cannot wait for long-term measures to take effect. We’re in trouble now, so we must act now.
In that respect the COVID-19 pandemic also provides us with an opportunity.
In recovering from this worldwide crisis it is of utmost importance that we build back better. That we enhance our ambitions on climate change adaptation and strive for green and inclusive recovery.
To help trigger the systemic change needed, the Netherlands will host the first ever global summit of world leaders focused entirely on climate adaptation.
It will take place on 25 January 2021.
The summit will be a state-of-the-art, climate neutral, virtual conference, streamed worldwide over 24 hours, with anchoring events from capitals around the world.
Our goal: think global, act local!
I invite you all to participate and share your challenges, your work and your solutions!
Because in the end, it all comes down to joining forces. That’s the real vaccine for risks of climate change and growing social-economic differences.
I would like to summarize a few key points that emerged from the discussion. Firstly, we do have options and we do have a role to play in terms of parliamentary action even during the remainder of this year. Martin pointed out that it’s only weeks to go, but as we see every day, even a week is a long time in politics, so let’s make use of the time that we have in hand.
Mr. Saber Chowdhury, Honorary President Inter-Parliamentary Union Chair, Bangladesh Parliamentary Standing Committee on MoEFCC Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker Maldives People’s Majlis CVF Thematic Ambassador for Ambition Ms. Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker Philippines CVF Thematic Ambassador for Parliaments Ladies and gentlemen participating from countries, international organizations and personalities interested in climate issues,
Excellencies, Honorable participants, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honor for me to represent the Royal Government of Bhutan in the Global Parliamentarians Meeting, organized by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).