Climate & Environment


COP 26 Engagement

ICVA members are engaged in the discussions and negotiations at COP-26. Find below some of the key initiatives that you can join too:

  • Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) on Climate
  • Statement on behalf of the Climate and Environment Charter Signatories - The statement is available on the Charter website here in English, Arabic, Spanish and French. We encourage you to use it publicly on your own website, through social media channels, and in any other way you find useful. Translations of the statement will be available on the website shortly.
  • Key Messages on Climate Change and Human Mobility by the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility 
  • CAFOD’s COP-26 Page with their days of action, webinar etc. – find link here
  • Climate Action Network (CAN) International’s Take Action Page  - Find link here
  • CSOs demand on COP26 to deliver Finance for Climate Damages – Find link to Open Letter and Press release
  • CARE at COP26 – CARE’s demands for COP26 in a nutshell and Full demands and Press release  
  • ICRC’s call to COP26: Three calls to strengthen climate action in conflict zones – find link here
  • OXFAM’s Act Now on Climate Change Campaign – find link here and other campaigns
  • Plan International’s Policy and Advocacy Brief – find link here
  • Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD) Key Messages on climate displacement - find link here to messages and topics
  • Blog: A plea for COP26: Don’t forget people affected by conflict – find link here
  • UNDPs COP26 campaign  - find link here

Please do share the above and use them as seen fit during discussions at COP26 and in your communications


Sign the Charter:


Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations

The 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 led to a consultative process to develop a new, succinct, accessible and aspirational Climate and Environment Charter in May 2021 that open to the wider humanitarian sector for adoption in the spirit of the Code of Conduct of 1994.

ICVA is a core part of the Advisory Committee to the Climate and Environment Charter which included a number of humanitarian and climate actors (UN, civil society, academics, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement) led by the ICRC and the IFRC that developed 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. ICVA together with the ICRC, IFRC and the Advisory Committee conducted consultations on the draft of the Charter.

The Charter includes seven high-level commitments to guide the sector’s response to the climate and environment crises. First among them is a commitment to step up the humanitarian response to growing needs and help people adapt to the growing impacts of these crises. Second, the Charter makes a commitment to maximize the environmental sustainability of humanitarian programmes and operations and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining the ability to provide timely and principled assistance. These commitments will only be possible by embracing local leadership, increasing the capacity to understand climate and environment risks, and working together across and beyond the sector to mobilise even more ambitious climate action.

ICVA is a Signatory to the Charter and will continue our commitment in engaging on this theme through the Commitment and Motion to Action on Climate and Environment adopted by ICVA members at the General Assembly on 18-19 May 2021.


Carbon Accounting Tool

ICVA is part of a project together with ICRC, IFRC and many other organisations that aims to engage and collaborate with as many humanitarian organisations as possible to develop a shared standard and a tool to measure carbon emissions. Learning from existing tools already built, the group will jointly agree on how Green House Gass  (GHG) emissions should be measured in the humanitarian sector, and then a tool will be adapted/developed and freely offered to the sector, together with online training and a user guide. This project is envisioned to be the cornerstone for a sector-wide collaboration on reducing the negative footprint globally. For those who would like to know more about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact Nishanie Jayamaha


Climate Finance in Conflict and Fragile Settings

ICVA is a member of the expert roundtable working together to address obstacles to climate finance in conflict and fragile settings. The roundtable has been meeting bi-monthly and will focus on identifying why gaps and shortfalls in climate finance exist, the consequences of these shortfalls, and on proposing practical ways to unlock climate finance for populations that are particularly vulnerable to climate risks. This policy dialogue will provide a neutral, non-political space for expert discussions on ensuring that climate finance leaves no one behind. For those who would like to know more about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact Nishanie Jayamaha


Learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action

The sixth online ICVA-PHAP Learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating our own action and increase our environmental sustainability in-line with commitments of the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

This series will focus on practical ways of applying the Charter Commitments and sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice. The Learning Stream includes a series of five to six webinars, starting with an overview of the Charter on 30 September and the first webinar on 14 October 2021 and will continue until 2022. To join the discussions and share lessons learned from your organisation, please contact


Learn more about ICVA's work related 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 Strategy presents five transformations, including one that addresses the impact of “Climate Change” on humanitarian action. The ICVA 2030 Strategy was adopted by the ICVA's 18th General Assembly. You can also check out ICVA's Environment Policy to understand better on how ICVA is committed to being an environmentally responsible organisation.


ICVA Annual Conference 2021

ICVA's 2021 Annual Conference focused on the theme "Climate, Environment and Humanitarian action: How can NGOs mitigate and adapt?" You can find the session recordings, podcasts and documents on our website

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. 


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