Transformation 2 – Address Impact of Climate Change on Humanitarian Action

Focus areas

ICVA commits to exploring how the humanitarian, development, and climate communities can work together to improve resilience to climate-related humanitarian crises.

Advocacy Initiatives...

ICVA engagement in advocacy initiatives around Climate Action...
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Some of the Advocacy Initiatives

COP27 Engagement

The United Nations Climate Change Conference commonly known as the Conference of Parties –  COP27 will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 – 18 November. You can find information on the COP27 here.

ICVA members will be engaged in the discussions and negotiations at COP27. See below some of the key advocacy messages and resources from ICVA and other stakeholders compiled for ease of use.

Under the Thematic days, a dedicated Civil Society Day on 15 November will take place to engage Civil Society views and perspectives are integrated.

Advocacy messages around COP27

Resources
26 October 2022
COP27 Engagement
Subject/ Environment / Climate & environment / COP27 /
COP27 Engagement
Description

A list of resources around COP27.

Advocacy Messages
26 October 2022
COP27 Must Act on Human Mobility
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Mobility
Description

The Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility has put together messages on how COP27 must act on Human Mobility.

C7 and G7 Summits and Climate Action

The Civil7 Summit took place on 4-5 May 2022  in Berlin in preparation for the G7 Summit in Germany held on 26 – 28 June. You can find links to

COP26 Engagement

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as COP26 was held at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom from 31 October 2021 to 13 November 2021. During this conference more countries announced pledges to go carbon neutral, developed nations committed to increase funding to help low- and middle-income countries deal with damaging climatic effects, and world leaders promised to report their progress on emissions cuts every year.

ICVA members were engaged in the discussions and negotiations at COP26. See below some of the key advocacy messages and resources from ICVA and other stakeholders.

Advocacy messages around COP26

Resource page
3 November 2021
Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) on Climate
Subject/ Climate & environment / Environment /
Resource page
20 October 2021
English Statement on behalf of signatories to the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations
Subject/ Climate & environment /
2021-10-20_18-20-23
Description
Resource page
20 October 2021
COP26 Advisory Group Messaging Flyer
Subject/ Climate & environment / Environment /
2021-10-20_17-29-59
Description

E-learning: Climate Change and Humanitarian Action...

The Learning Stream focuses on how to apply the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations and sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice...
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ICVA's Climate Change and Humanitarian Action E-learning

Learn more about ICVA’s Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream.

Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream

Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
28 August 2022
Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
Subject/ Learning / Cross-cutting issues /
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Description

This learning stream provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating action and increasing environmental sustainability. The series focuses on practical ways of applying the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations and sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice.

Topics covered in this webinar series include:

  • Understanding Climate Change Loss and Damage and Links to Humanitarian Action
  • The Road to COP27: Why should humanitarian NGOs engage?
  • Understanding and Integrating Climate and Environment Risk Data in Humanitarian Action
  • Embracing the leadership of local actors and communities in community action
  • Practical tools and initiatives for reducing environmental impact in humanitarian action
  • Maximising the environmental sustainability of our work
  • Adapting to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises
  • The Climate and Environment Charter for humanitarian organisations
Climate and Environment Action Compendium

Compendium
10 October 2022
Climate and Environment Action Compendium
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Description

ICVA has created a compendium comprising of existing resources, guidance and tools on building resilience, risk analysis, adaptation, environment sustainability, Nature-based Solutions (NbS), mitigation, among others. The aim is to promote knowledge exchange and share existing resources and learning. Through this compendium, ICVA intends to capture the work that is already being done, to share it as widely as possible, and to inspire others to action. Resources in the compendium are organized by categories and keywords. To improve and keep it up to date with new initiatives and solutions, we will keep reaching out to various organizations.

Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations...

Information on how NGOs can be supported in implementing The Climate and Environment Charter. The Charter website is available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish....
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Introduction

Climate change is an existential threat that is already completely altering the work we do as humanitarian NGOs, and the lives of the people we support. ICVA engages through our selected work areas, working in collaboration and drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience of ICVA members and our partner networks. We commit to creatively explore how the humanitarian, development and climate communities can work together to shape policy, increase resilience, improve practice, and secure resourcing for climate related humanitarian crises.

The 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 that is 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.

The Advisory Committee to the Climate and Environment Charter 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. 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.

Sign the Charter

The Humanitarian aid donor’s declaration on climate and environment was officially validated by the European Union at the European Humanitarian Forum. The document promotes a humanitarian response system that prevents, prepares, anticipates and responds to climate and environment challenges. It complements the Statement of Commitment on Climate by Humanitarian Organisations (2020), signed by 10 organisations, and the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations (2021), now signed by over 220 organisations (as at 12 April 2022).

For more information on the Climate and Environment Charter or to join ICVA’s Climate and Environment working group, contact:

Reference contact

Ms Nishanie Jayamaha
Learning and Programme Coordinator
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Nishanie started her humanitarian career in Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean Tsunami and has over 15 years of experience working in the United Nations, Government institutions (Secondment), the NGO and private sector in managerial and leadership roles.  Prior to joining ICVA in September 2017,  she worked at the Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) secretariat in Geneva and New York, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sri Lanka and Geneva, and at the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR) in Sri Lanka. At ICVA, Nishanie is the focal point on Climate Change and Civic Space.

She has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Colombo and a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Sociology and Psychology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

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.

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.

If you would like to know more about this initiative, please contact Nishanie Jayamaha nishanie.jayamaha@icvanetwork.org.

Humanitarian Aid Donors’ Declaration on Climate and Environment

Declaration
13 April 2022
Humanitarian Aid Donors’ Declaration on Climate and Environment
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Donor declarations
Description

A commitment to invest more to prevent, prepare for, anticipate and respond to disasters, as well as to improve cooperation and partnerships between stakeholders, and increase efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of humanitarian action.

Resources...

A compilation of resources around climate change and humanitarian action....
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The Climate and Environment Action Compendium

ICVA has compiled a compendium comprising of existing resources, guidance and tools on building resilience, risk analysis, adaptation, environment sustainability, Nature-based Solutions (NbS), mitigation, among others. The aim is to promote knowledge exchange and share existing resources and learning. Through this compendium, ICVA intends to capture the work that is already being done, to share it as widely as possible, and to inspire others to action. Resources in the compendium are organized by categories and keywords.

To improve and keep it up to date with new initiatives and solutions, we will keep reaching out to various organizations.

Climate and Environment Action Compendium

Compendium
10 October 2022
Climate and Environment Action Compendium
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Description

ICVA has created a compendium comprising of existing resources, guidance and tools on building resilience, risk analysis, adaptation, environment sustainability, Nature-based Solutions (NbS), mitigation, among others. The aim is to promote knowledge exchange and share existing resources and learning. Through this compendium, ICVA intends to capture the work that is already being done, to share it as widely as possible, and to inspire others to action. Resources in the compendium are organized by categories and keywords. To improve and keep it up to date with new initiatives and solutions, we will keep reaching out to various organizations.

Embracing Discomfort – A call to enable Finance for Climate-change Adaptation in Conflict Settings

The paper focuses on the political will needed for the international community to step out of its comfort zone when it comes to channelling climate finance for climate-change adaptation. Current mechanisms are characterised by low risk appetites, cumbersome technical and procedural requirements, inflexibility of scales, siloed structures that inhibit collaboration across conflict and climate expertise, and the inability to optimise the expertise and access of organisations across different sectors. It offers recommendations on how to address these challenges in concrete terms, with examples of good practice on which progress might build.

The paper is jointly issued by the International Committee for the Red Cross, ODI, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, MercyCorps, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, World Food Programme and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Embracing Discomfort – A call to enable Finance for Climate-change Adaptation in Conflict Settings

Policy Brief
25 October 2022
Embracing Discomfort - A call to enable Finance for Climate-change Adaptation in Conflict Settings
Subject/ Climate & environment / Financing /
Policy brief
Description

The paper focuses on the political will needed for the international community to step out of its comfort zone when it comes to channelling climate finance for climate-change adaptation. Current mechanisms are characterised by low risk appetites, cumbersome technical and procedural requirements, inflexibility of scales, siloed structures that inhibit collaboration across conflict and climate expertise, and the inability to optimise the expertise and access of organisations across different sectors. It offers recommendations on how to address these challenges in concrete terms, with examples of good practice on which progress might build.

The paper is jointly issued by the International Committee for the Red Cross, ODI, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, MercyCorps, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, World Food Programme and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream Resources

A list of useful resources from ICVA and PHAP webinars on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream. 

Resources

Resources
15 August 2022
Resources - Topic 7 Climate change loss and damage
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Elearning resources
Description

Check out useful resources and further reading related to Topic 7 – Understanding Climate Change Loss and Damage and links to Humanitarian Action

E-learning Resources
17 June 2022
Topic 6 – The Road to COP27: Why should Humanitarian NGOs Engage?
Subject/ Climate & environment / Learning /
E-learning Resources
Description

Check out useful resources including event polls and PowerPoint presentations around Commitment 6 of the Climate and Environment Charter.

E-learning Resources
14 April 2022
Topic 5 Resources - Understanding and Integrating Climate and Environment Risk Data in Humanitarian Action
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Elearning resources
Description

Check out useful resources around Commitment 4 of the Climate and Environment Charter.

E-learning resource
21 February 2022
Topic 4 Resources: Embracing the Leadership of Local Actors and Communities in Climate Action
Subject/ Climate & environment /
E-learning Resources
Description

Useful resources on embracing the leadership of local actors and communities in climate action.

E-learning resource
31 January 2022
Topic 3 Resources: Practical Tools and Initiatives for reducing Environmental Impact in Humanitarian Action
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Practical Tools and Initiatives for reducing Environmental Impact in Humanitarian Action
Description

Useful resources on practical tools and initiatives for reducing environmental impact in humanitarian action.

E-learning resource
15 November 2021
Resources on maximising the environmental sustainability of our work
Subject/ Learning / Environment /
ICVA
25 October 2021
Reading Materials on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action
Subject/ Climate & environment / Cross-cutting issues /
ICVA
25 October 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference Key Take - Aways
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Key take aways
ICVA
25 October 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference - Links of Initiatives on early warning, resilience integration, nature based solutions, NEAT+ Tool, and carbon accounting
Subject/ Climate & environment / Annual Conference /
AC 2021 - Sessions & Speakers
Meeting materials
13 August 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference Report
Subject/ ICVA / Environment /
AC2021 Report

Partnerships...

In response to the increasing number of humanitarian climate crises, ICVA has partnered with various organisations....
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ICVA Joins Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP)

ICVA has joined the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP). Through this partnership ICVA members have access to a global network of expertise to support their work across the full value chain of Early Warning Early Action interventions. The partnership will enable and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and solutions and fosters greater collaboration, including new partnerships, by bringing together the capacities and unique capabilities of the climate, development, hydrometeorological and humanitarian communities.  

REAP represent donor and climate-vulnerable countries, UN and other major international organizations, civil society, and the private sector.

  • Please contact Nishanie Jayamaha, ICVA’s Learning and Climate Change Programme Coordinator via email nishanie.jayamaha@icvanetwork.org on how you can engage with REAP. 

 

 

ICVA Joins the Anticipation Hub

ICVA has joined the Anticipation Hub which was launched in December 2020 as a platform facilitating knowledge exchange, learning, guidance, and advocacy around anticipatory action both virtually and in-person. Anticipation Hub’s priorities are to stimulate knowledge exchange and learning, provide guidance and support and promoting policy and advocacy through active engagement in global initiative and events. Their vision, aims and values are further detailed in their 3-year strategy.

  • Please contact Nishanie Jayamaha, ICVA’s Learning and Climate Change Programme Coordinator via email nishanie.jayamaha@icvanetwork.org on how you can engage with Anticipation Hub.

Background:

The Anticipation Hub is a joint initiative between the German Red Cross (GRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. The Anticipation Hub brings together 97+ partners across the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, universities, research institutes, NGOs, UN agencies, governments, donors, and network initiatives.

Flyer
9 August 2022
Anticipation Hub Flyer
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Anticipation hub flyer
Description

The Anticipation Hub is a platform to facilitate knowledge exchange, learning, guidance, and advocacy around anticipatory action both virtually and in-person.

ICVA’s Commitment and Motion to Action on Climate and Environment Action...

The ICVA Commitment and Motion to Action are an initial step to address climate change as in the 2022-2024 Strategic Priorities....
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Overview

ICVA is a Signatory to the Climate and Environment Charter. We 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 of 18-19 May 2021.

ICVA strategy
12 July 2021
ICVA 2030 Strategy
Subject/ ICVA /
ICVA 2030
Description

This document sets the framework for the direction and focus of ICVA’s work from 2022-2030, as we evolve and transform our network. Rooting us more deeply in our mission of principled and effective humanitarian action, this strategy sets our collective values, our ways of working and our aspirational transformations. We will continue to work on focus areas which to best serve our members and the sector as a whole. Our added value is rooted in our work explaining & analysing, convening, brokering, influencing & advocating, supporting and collaborating.

This strategy was adopted by members at the 18th General Assembly in May 2021.

ICVA Governance
26 May 2021
Commitment and Motion to Action on Climate and Environment
Subject/ ICVA / Climate & environment /
Policy/Guidance
1 December 2018
ICVA Environmental Policy
Subject/ Environment /
ICVA Environmental Policy
Policy
11 May 2022
ICVA Environmental Policy 2022
Subject/ Climate & environment /
ICVA Environmental Policy
Description

The revised policy establishes practices and guidelines for ICVA Secretariat to effectively reduce the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of its activities while carrying out its operations.

For more information on the Climate and Environment Charter or to join ICVA’s Climate and Environment working group, contact: nishanie.jayamaha@icvanetwork.org.