Climate Diplomacy is imperative to secure Somalia draughts renewal

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) quoted several UN and International humanitarian organizations due to the ongoing aid supplies over the climate change victims in Somalia and disappointed the ongoing river floods in Somalia.

The new assessment findings by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network reflect a significant decline, owing to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices and conflict.

Over 1 million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity today, up by 20 per cent from 857,000 six months ago. This brings the total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance or livelihood support to over 3 million. After gradual rebuilding of livelihoods since the 2011 famine that cost over a quarter of a million lives in excess mortality, fragile gains are now being eroded and malnutrition rates are again on the rise. Coping capacities are severely stretched and vulnerable families risk being pushed further into destitution.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), assisted by the Somali Red Crescent Society, just completed a distribution of food to over 36,000 displaced people in the town of Beletweyne, in the central part of the country. In addition, 4,000 children under five years of age and 860 pregnant women were provided with one-month supplies of therapeutic nutritional products.

“In the Hiiran region, a combination of poor harvest, drought and protracted conflict forced many people in remote areas to relocate from their homes to Beletweyne, increasing the density of displaced people in the surrounding camps and exacerbating the already fragile food security situation there,” said Kristy Manners, the ICRC’s nutrition specialist for Somalia.

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Despite the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Climate Summit 2014 in New York September 23 at the UN headquarter “The human, environmental and financial cost of climate change is fast becoming unbearable,” Mr. Ban told the opening ceremony of his much-anticipated Climate Summit in the General Assembly Hall. “We need a clear shared vision.”

Although, Somalia is member of the Least developed countries Group (LDCG)in which are the most vulnerable nations in the world by climate change its leaders need to comeup with a tangible climate change approach and strategic plan on 2015 due to the millennium development goals.

·        What the LDC Group negotiators will be saying at any UN climate change  summit –  set to be the largest gathering on tackling climate change to date – and what they want to achieve

·        What the world’s least developed countries are doing to address climate change, including through mitigation of emissions despite their low levels

·        The need for bolder pledges from the US and other world leaders to demonstrate that they, like the least developed countries, are taking climate change seriously.

·        What must happen at this year’s UN negotiations in Peru and prospects for a new international climate change agreement in Paris in 2015

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