IFRC President, Francesco Rocca at COP26: "We don’t have any more time to waste”

Francesco Rocca at the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow

Francesco Rocca at the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow

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Geneva, 2 November 2021 – Francesco Rocca, President of The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is in Glasgow attending the World Leaders Summit and calling for the people and communities most vulnerable to climate change to be at the heart of discussions.

At COP26, President Rocca made the following statements:

“The commitments made – or missed – at COP26 will have a huge impact on the lives of communities already on the front line of climate change.

We are seeing a clear rise in climate and weather related-emergencies. Wildfires, droughts, flooding, heatwaves, hurricanes; extreme weather events are happening more often and are putting more and more people in danger all over the world.

As world leaders convene in Glasgow for COP26, we are calling for the people and communities most vulnerable to climate change to be at the heart of discussions and decisions.

Global investment needs to reach them so that local people can adapt. For example, by building stronger buildings, homes, roads; and investing in early warning systems, so communities know when an extreme weather will hit and can prepare in advance.

Critically, we must avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, by reversing emissions and keeping the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees.

The cost of inaction is far greater than the financial commitments promised. Vulnerable countries and communities are being left behind. In the future, humanitarian response alone will no longer be enough to keep communities safe.”

To request an interview with Francisco Rocca in Glasgow or virtually, please contact:

In Glasgow from 31/10 till 03/11: Tommaso Della Longa, +41 79 708 43 67, tommaso.dellalonga@ifrc.org

In Geneva: Marie Claudet +33 7 86 89 50 89, marie.claudet@ifrc.org

In Glasgow from 02/11 till 05/11: Joe Cross, +44 7 833 173 845, josephcross@redcross.org.uk