Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

Current annual report

The historic agreement at the COP 21 UN climate talks last December crowned a memorable year for the world and the Climate Centre that included several other international policy frameworks with major components on climate and resilience – the global goals for sustainable development finalized at the UN in New York, for example, and the commitments on disaster risk reduction agreed at Sendai, Japan.

The 2015 Annual Report covers our ongoing work in blending science, policy and practice to put the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement on the map in these global forums, focusing on the impact on the most vulnerable people of the rising climate risks we all face.

Among new partnerships and programmes that now support these ambitions is the agreement finalized with the Government of the Netherlands for a second phase of the Partners for Resilience programme, in recognition of excellent results in the first.

We also provided technical support to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s ‘A2R’ initiative on resilience, linked to the IFRC’s own One Billion Coalition.

We continued to engage with the UK-supported BRACED programme, strengthening the knowledge base for evidence-based programming for resilience.

Historic too was the small humanitarian distribution made by the Red Cross in November 300 kilometres north-east of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, triggered by a scientific forecast – the first full humanitarian use of German-supported ‘forecast-based financing’ (FbF).

Our work on the attribution of extreme events – part of the World Weather Attribution (WWA) programme – attracted significant media attention: WWA scientists said in July, for example, that it was “virtually certain” climate change had increased the likelihood of the heatwave affecting Europe. 

All of these efforts were undertaken in close collaboration with the IFRC secretariat,building on past successful collaboration in developing joint training materials such as the Climate Training Kit and the IFRC e-learning course on climate change, as well as ongoing training and capacity-building efforts around the world.

Support for capacity-building is at the core of the role of the Climate Centre, and this now encompasses climate-smart resilience-building in the field, FbF pilot distributions, support for policy dialogues, links with climate-information providers, and strengthening networks for capturing evidence. 

All our 31 active projects in 2015 involved capacity-building at some level, also including the Tanzania-Malawi Global Framework for Climate Services, a programme to support engagement in National Adaptation Plans, another with the UK-based Climate and Development Knowledge Network to support learning and policy dialogue in Asia, and one on community resilience in Ethiopia.

Full details are in our Annual Report 2015; earlier reports can be accessed from the Publications menu item on our home page.