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IFRC puts climate change at centre of new 10-year strategy

Geneva, 5 December 2019 – Climate related shocks and hazards are amongst the major humanitarian emer..

Geneva, 5 December 2019 – Climate related shocks and hazards are amongst the major humanitarian emergencies confronting humanity today, according to a new decade-long strategy adopted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today in Geneva.

Climate change emerged as a growing concern through an exhaustive two-year consultation with the entire Red Cross and Red Crescent network that led to the design of the new Strategy 2030. The process highlighted how climate change is a growing concern for nearly every single one of the 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Speaking at IFRCs 22nd General Assembly, which is currently underway in Geneva, IFRC President, Francesco Rocca, said:

“The message from our members and from our millions of volunteers couldnt be clearer: climate change is an existential threat that is already completely altering the work we do, and the lives of the people we support.

“Tackling climate change will be our major priority over the coming decade. This means strengthening the capacity of each and every National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society so that they can effectively respond in their own contexts, as well as investing heavily in methods to help communities adapt.”

Strategy 2030 places climate change and environmental crises at the top of a list of five global challenges that must be addressed in the coming decade. The other challenges identified in the strategy are evolving crises and disasters; growing gaps in health and well-being; migration and identity; and values, power and inclusion.

IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy, said:

“It is clear that the existing international humanitarian system will have to significantly transform to cope with climate related challenges.. Strategy 2030 is IFRCs commitment to this transformation, as well as to the communities we live and work in.”

IFRCs work to respond to climate change and environmental crises will involve a greater focus on identifying and addressing the drivers of vulnerability that are already being compounded by climate change. Ways in which IFRC can reduce these impacts – and even prevent them completely – include community strengthening, early warning systems, early alert, early actions , innovation and new forms of financing.

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IFRCs Strategy 2030 has three goals: that people anticipate, respond to and quickly recover from crises; that people lead safe, healthy and dignified lives and have opportunities to thrive, and that people mobilise for inclusive and peaceful communities.

It identifies five global challenges: climate and environmental crises; evolving crises and disasters; growing gaps in health and well-being; migration and identity; and values, power and inclusion.

To address these challenges and achieve these goals, seven transformations will be needed across the IFRC, in supporting and developing National Societies as strong and effective local actors; in inspiring and mobilising volunteerism; in ensuring trust and accountability; in working effectively as a distributed network; in influencing humanitarian action; in undergoing a digital transformation, and in financing the future.

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