In close collaboration with the IFRC and the ICRC, the Climate Centre brings an important humanitarian perspective to global policy processes, especially the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
Our engagement with the UN climate takes various forms: contributing to the 2022 IFRC submission to the UNFCCC on the operationalization of the Santiago Network, for example, and side-events at COP venues. The Climate Centre also provides support to the IFRC in the latter’s capacity an official observer to the UNFCCC.
Most recently Climate Centre and IFRC experts have contributed to two important reports by partners of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (see links box top right), on gaps in planning for resilient recovery and ways in which early warning early action can reduce loss and damage – the latter being absorbed by the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.
In partnership with others, we jointly facilitate the Development and Climate Days for the COPs, bringing together grassroots representatives, researchers, development practitioners and policy-makers from all over the world to discuss how to build a climate-resilient future for all (see above).
Photo: an intergenerational workshop at COP27 that included the Climate Centre and called for the international community to “get past the hand-shaking to life-saving action” on early warning early action. (Photo: Climate Centre)
Climate finance for National Societies
Global climate funds are difficult for National Societies to access, involving a costly and demanding accreditation process, so developing partnerships with accredited international organizations is vital.
National Societies can explore options for accessing climate finance through smaller funds, such as the Global Environment Facility or the French Facility for Global Environment, up to about 50,000 US dollars and intended to support community-level initiatives.
Some countries have national climate funds which may be accessible to National Societies: in their role as auxiliaries to government, they can make a strong case for accessing such finance to implement local adaptation projects.