Investing in measures to adapt to climate change would pay better returns than paying for emergency disaster relief, said global climate justice advocate Jan Egeland.
The Norwegian expert, who spoke at the Foreign Correspondents' Club on Friday, said he was disturbed that many developing Asian countries are prioritising development over climate change adaptation.
"We are burning so much oil and gas, stealing from our children's resources. The severe impact of climate change also stands to make many people vulnerable, but we still lack global governance on this issue," said Mr Egeland, who is now Europe director for Human Rights Watch.
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