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EVEN BEFORE IT ended we were thinking of 2015 as an historic “year of firsts” – above all, of course, because of the ground-breaking global agreement at the COP 21 UN climate talks in early December. The Paris agreement not only displayed great ambition in limiting long-term climate change, but put the need for ambitious adaptation on an equal footing, with particular attention to the most vulnerable groups, reflecting the concerns brought to the fore every year at ‘Development and Climate Days’ in the middle weekend of the UN climate talks.
Lessons by Partners for Resilience: moving from output to impact
by Juriaan Lahr, Head of International Assistance, Netherlands Red Cross
20/04/2015 - by Patricia Wilden, Australian National University, Fiji
In a first for the Pacific, community-focused teams from ten Pacific island nations have come together to experience the power of games in helping communities understand risk in a changing climate, and build resilience critical in a region highly vulnerable to climate impacts and disaster.
The Partners for Resilience (PfR) alliance has been working since 2011 to reduce the impact of natural hazards on vulnerable people in nine countries: Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Uganda.
We are the Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Wetlands International and our many local partners.
In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)2 delivered its landmark Fifth Assessment Report (“AR5”). It emphasizes that climate risks have already increased and could run out of control if we do not curb greenhouse gas emissions.
This guidance note outlines how climate change can impact men and women differently and identifies important ways in which gender roles can strengthen mens and women’s capacity to adapt to changing climate-related risks. As gender equality is an ongoing commitment of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the note proposes steps for helping Red Cross Red Crescent colleagues to be climate-smart and gender sensitive in their programming.
The year 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the Climate Centre when we looked back at a decade of work on climate change within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. We celebrated great accomplishments and huge growth in awareness of the humanitarian consequences of climate change. But we also realize that the challenges the Climate Centre was set up to address are rising more rapidly than our collective ability to address them.
In 2012, the Climate Centre will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. The year 2011, topic of this annual report, marked the final year of its first decade, and also of its 2008–2011 Strategic Plan.
2008 Was the ‘in-between-year’ when it comes to climate change. In between 2007 and 2009, where 2007 marked a major breakthrough in global awareness that climate change is indeed one of the main threats to humanity and 2009 in which the global community will have to underline commitments in a new global climate change agreement to be signed in Copenhagen.
After 20 years of increasingly alarming scientific reports, and after ten years of record-breaking temperatures worldwide, the message that climate change is a very real threat finally broke through to catch the attention of many people in 2007, including opinion formers and policy makers around the world and also within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. However, it has not only been scientific projections but real-life experience that has caused this breakthrough.