As evidenced throughout the aims of the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the New Urban Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals, climate change has never been higher on the global policy agenda.
At the same time, 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 are falling short. Too often we work in silos, both among international organizations and within national governments. A disconnection between global, national and local implementation is resulting in failure to address the needs and harness the capacities of front-line communities.
For nearly two decades, the Climate Centre has played an important role in shaping global policy, drawing on the best available science and evidence from experience on the ground. In the coming years, we are guided by a clear focus on supporting local-level implementation at scale.
This includes a focus on promoting following key policy asks:
- 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, and their needs met;
- Increase attention and finance for adaptation and resilience, in order to strike a balance with attention and funding earmarked for mitigation;
- Champion locally led adaptation action and 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.