Engaging in policy processes from global to local levels

Engaging in policy processes from global to local levels 

The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is clear: climate change is having dangerous and far-reaching impacts on people and the planet, despite our best efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and adapt. The climate crisis is revealing itself as a humanitarian crisis; between 3.3 – 3.6 billion people are living in hotspots of high vulnerability. Those at greatest risk also have the least capacity to cope. Research in the IFRC World Disaster Report shows that none of the 20 countries most vulnerable to climate change (according to ND-GAIN) and to climate- and weather-related disasters (according to INFORM) were among the 20 highest per person recipients of climate change adaptation funding (IFRC 2020).
The IFRC’s Strategy 2030 and the 2019 International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent have identified climate change as a critical humanitarian priority for the coming decade, also expressed in the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Ambitions to Address the Climate Crisis. 

While ambition to address the climate crisis exists at the global level, the level and quality of practical action – and funds to support this action — are falling short. A disconnect between global, national and local implementation often results in failure to address the needs and harness the capacities of front-line communities.  

For two decades, the Climate Centre has played an important role in shaping global policy, drawing on the best available science, evidence and experience on the ground. Looking ahead, we are guided by a clear focus on supporting local-level implementation at scale. 

This includes a focus on promoting following key policy messages: 

  • Ensure that the most vulnerable people and those in crises (especially women, children and other vulnerable groups) are reached and included in global, national and local decisions and plans, to meet their needs; 
  • Increase attention and finance for adaptation and resilience, in order to strike a balance between adaptation finance and funding earmarked for mitigation; 
  • Champion locally led adaptation action and support vulnerable groups in decision-making, particularly about how climate finance is accessed and channeled;  
  • Promote coherence across humanitarian, development, environment and climate commitments by showcasing our integrated risk management approaches to building climate resilience, and translating global commitments to practical action at national and local levels;  
  • Enable more anticipatory and early action to reduce the impacts of rapid and slow-onset climate shocks and stressors.
FINANCE FOR EARLY ACTION: Tracking Commitments, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Climate Finance

FINANCE FOR EARLY ACTION: Tracking Commitments, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

This study, commissioned by the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), aims to document commitments, trends, opportunities and challenges in relation to finance for early action.

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Latest Publications & Tools

Climate Action: Examples from the Red Cross Red Crescent and partners 

Climate Smart Disaster Risk Reduction 

When the rain turns to dust: understanding and responding to the combined impact of armed conflicts and the climate and environment crisis on people’s lives 


Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organizations 


– Climate Fellowship 

– Climate Finance Training 


RCCC Training Kit 

Climate Training Kit for trainers in several modules for trainers, including presentations, exercises, games and facilitation materials.

The IFRC Red Alert Course gives an introduction to Climate Action for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.


Global policy initiatives

The RCCC – in close collaboration with the IFRC and the ICRC – bring a humanitarian perspective to global policy processes such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, the Development and Climate Days the Sendai framework for Disaster risk reduction, Risk-Informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) and the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) Partnership. 

* Development & Climate Days  

The RCCC is a host partner of the Development and Climate Days (D&C days) a parallel event to the UNFCCC conference of Parties (COP) bringing together grassroots representatives, researchers, development practitioners and policymakers from all over the world to discuss how to build a climate-resilient future for all. 

D&C Days aims to create a collaborative space for honest and open discussions enhancing understanding of climate risk, sharing good and accessible practices, and actionable strategies for climate resilient development. 

In 2022, the D&C days will celebrate its 20 years anniversary, a summary compiling its main achievements will be published in the coming months. 


The engagement of the Climate Centre in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes takes different forms, for instance: 

  • Providing recommendations to the UNFCCC – see the recent IFRC submission to the UNFCCC on the operationalisation of the Santiago Network. 
  • Innovative facilitation of official and side events during and in between COPs, on request of the COP Presidency. 
  • RCCC experts are taken part in the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage. 

The Climate Centre also provides support to the IFRC which is an Observer to the UNFCCC during COP processes. 

The Climate Centre engages in UNFCCC processes to highlight the humanitarian implication of climate change, including the needs for locally led adaptation and financing of losses and damages. It also to share its experience on disaster risk reduction, anticipatory action and innovative way to convene dialogue.  


IPCC Working Group II report summary in cartoons

The IPCC’s findings are clear, rigorous, and very concerning. To ensure that humanitarians understand and address the implications of the working group II on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, in language(s) everyone understands, the RCCC synthetised and illustrated it in 8 key messages for humanitarians, focusing on two broad questions: How bad is it? What to do about it?

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IPCC Working Group II report summary in cartoons

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