Climate & Environment

Learn more about ICVA's work realted to Climate & Environment 


During ICVA’s 2030 strategy consultations, members and partners highlighted the importance of the intersection between climate and environment change and humanitarian action. The changes taking place are not only threatening humanity and our environment as we know it, but it is also faster and more radical than expected. The Strategy presents five transformations of which one has a focus on addressing the impact of “Climate Change” on humanitarian action.  You can also check out ICVA's Environment Policy to understand better on how ICVA is committed to being an envionrmentally responsibile organisation. 

ICVA will engage on this theme through our focus areas Forced Migration, Humanitarian Coordination and Humanitarian Financing, working in collaboration and drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience of ICVA members and our partner networks. For ICVA to realise its full potential in serving humanitarian action, we need to evolve and transform our network building on the strengths of the past.


The ICVA 2030 strategy (2022-2030) will be presented for adoption by the ICVA General Assembly on 18 and 19 May, the week before the Annual Conference on 25 and 26 May 2021.  ICVA's Annual Conference (virtual) will also focus on the theme "Climate, Environment and Humanitarian action: How can NGOs mitigate and adapt?". We would like to hear from you on what your organisation is working on and what you would like to discuss and share during the conference. 


ICVA is also a member of the IASC Results Group 3, Climate Change sub-group and have been working with our members to craft and share IASC Key Messages, IASC Guidance during COVID-19 and other advocacy and policy work through the sub-group. 

You can also find the latest Climate and Environment related events compiled by the sub-group.


Climate and Environment Charter 

ICVA is part of the Advisory Committee to draft the Climate and Environment Charter. The Advisory Committee  includes a number of humanitarian and climate actors (UN, civil society, academics, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement) led by the ICRC and the IFRC and is working together to develop a series of short and clear commitments that could guide our efforts as humanitarians in relation to limiting the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on communities and reducing our own footprint. 

This is linked to a pledge on “Strengthening the resilience of communities to climate change and environmental degradation through climate-smart humanitarian action”, made at the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent by the IFRC and the ICRC. The pledge is about leading a consultative process to develop a new, succinct, accessible and aspirational Climate and Environment Charter in 2021 that will be made available to the wider humanitarian sector for adoption in the spirit of the Code of Conduct of 1994. 

ICVA together with the ICRC, IFRC and the Advisory Committee conducted consultations on the First Draft of the Charter (FrenchSpanishEnglish, and Arabic)

From the consultations, a Second Draft of the Charter has been developed with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a Feedback report on the charter consultations. The second draft of the Charter is only available in English, due to the quick turnaround. Final comments to the draft charter closed by 20 March. The aim is for the Charter to be finalised by May 2021 for organisations to sign-up to it. There will be many opportunities to discuss the Charter, how to sign-up to it once finalised and what support is required to ensure that the commitments to the Charter can be met.


Click here to find the Powerpoint presentation on the draft Charter consultations. It is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.


For more information on how you can engage in the Climate and Envrironment action discussions, please contact