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.
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.
Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations...
The Charter includes seven high-level commitments to guide the sector’s response to the climate and environment crises. ICVA is a core part of the Advisory Committee to the Charter....
The Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations
The pledgeon “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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
17 March 2022
Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
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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:
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
The Civil7 Summitwill be a 2-day conference on 4-5 May 2022 including both digital formats and face-to-face events in Berlin. The Civil 7 Summit marks the highlight of the Civil 7 process. Over the past months, about 500 representatives from more than 40 countries have participated in the five Working Groups and contributed their perspectives to the joint political declaration.
The recommendations developed by several Working Groups during the event and bundled in the final Communiqué will be officially handed over to the G7 Presidency prior to the G7 Summit. ICVA is a member of the Climate and Environment Justice working groupand is shaping content of the Recommendations to include humanitarian perspectives. ICVA also Co-chairs the Humanitarian Assistance and Conflict WG.
Register for the C7 Summit here. Note: The number of participants at Humboldt Carré is limited and regulations will depend on current COVID-19 safety measures in May. All sessions will be online as well.
The G7 Summit will take place from 26 – 28 June 2022 at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. The goal of this unofficial forum is for the G7 heads of state and governments to come together to discuss global issues and coordinate their discussions. You can find more information on the Official website of the G7. and the Federal Ministry of Finance website.
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
3 November 2021
Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) on Climate
In response to the increasing number of humanitarian climate crises, ICVA has partnered with various organisations....
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 email@example.com on how you can engage with REAP.
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ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.
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