Climate Change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment. It undermines human security and acts as a "threat multiplier", exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and risks and aggravating already fragile situations.
In the Pacific, the risks associated with climate change are not a distant future scenario but are already a reality for millions of people. Island countries are impacted in various ways, including increased average temperatures, saltwater intrusion and coastal erosion, sea-level rise, and increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events.
States and communities in the Pacific are at the forefront of these challenges now, but these same challenges will soon affect the entire planet.
Urgent action is required before it is too late. Whether we like it or not, it is a question of when - not if - we will have to deal with the security impacts of climate change.
This is why we need to come together and catch the last wave before it is too late.
The podcast series “Catching the last wave” will explain how climate change is already and will continue shaping the way communities are living. It aims at raising awareness on climate security and foster an effective and informed dialogue on the issue at the regional and global levels, thereby providing an inclusive approach to building resilience.
By interviewing, global, regional and national experts and specialists, the podcasts will explore the negative impacts of climate change in the Pacific region, at the same time increasing the understanding and knowledge on the disaster risks, climate change impacts, and risk management solutions.
The podcast series is part of the joint UNDP-IOM Climate Security Project, funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund.