Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre Climate Centre
The Climate Centre supports the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its partners in reducing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on vulnerable people.
The Climate Centre aims to support the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in meeting the commitments made at the International Conference, by strengthening the ability of all components of the Movement to understand and address the rising risks related to climate change, climate variability and extreme weather events.
Our strategy to address these rising risks is to integrate climate risk management into existing Red Cross and Red Crescent priorities and programs, rather than to develop stand-alone climate change activities.
Areas of work
The Climate Centre’s activities comprise six key areas of work, all of which are interconnected, for instance, successful capacity building relies on analysis of experiences, resource mobilisation, awareness raising, etc.
1. Communication / awareness raising
The need to significantly increase awareness within and outside the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement about the humanitarian consequences of climate change and about opportunities for and good experiences with climate risk reduction.
2. Capacity building
To significantly increase the number of staff at national societies, Zones, Regional Delegations and the Secretariat that are well equipped with climate change related knowledge, and use that knowledge in their work.
3. Mobilization of resources
To mobilize the significantly increased financial and human resources for climate risk reduction, in particular for the poorest people in the poorest countries.
4. Advocacy: international policy
To reflect Red Cross Red Crescent concerns and proposals in the post 2012 agreements under the UNFCCC and other international policy processes. More governments, donor agencies, civil society organisations and scientists acknowledge (i) the potential impacts of climate change on the risks of natural disasters and on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); (ii) the value of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (iii) the need for more programmes on climate risk reduction; and (iv) the role civil society organizations, in particular the Red Cross and Red Crescent have in implementing these programmes.
To build capacities, and strengthen communications and advocacy on climate related issues and support those with high-quality analyses of knowledge and experiences on climate risk management.
6. Operational support
To reduce the impacts of climate variability and extreme events through enhanced use of climatic information and related expertise by the Red Cross and Red Crescent.See more