LONDON, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments are failing those most at risk from climate change by not placing them at the heart of efforts to adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas, researchers said in a report on the U.N. development goals, calling it "a critical concern". The analysis of progress made by 86 countries found that just over half their strategies aimed at building climate resilience overlook groups bearing the brunt of environmental pressures, such as indigenous people and low-caste Indians.
The index from the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) assessed whether countries are on track to meet a commitment to "leave no one behind", a key pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in 2015. Overall, it said 55 countries were "ready" to meet that commitment, 24 partially so, five were "not ready", and two lacked sufficient data. The 17 goals aim to tackle the world's most challenging problems, from ending poverty and hunger to combating climate change, all by 2030.
This year's ODI index reviews for the first time how far government strategies to adapt to climate change consider groups vulnerable to wilder weather and other global warming impacts. ODI researchers analysed the language in climate change action plans produced by countries reporting on their progress towards the SDGs at the U.N. High-Level Political Forum in New York this week and those that did last year.