SE7: Addressing the Humanitarian Challenges of Climate Change - National and Regional Perspectives on the role of Disaster Risk Reduction

  • ID: SE7
  • Date & Time: Tuesday 16 June (13:30 - 15:00)
  • Room: 18
  • Participation: Open
  • Organizer: IASC Task Force on Climate Change, OCHA, WFP, IFRC-Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • Focal Point: jette.michelsen (at), anna.zinecker (at)


Humanitarian agencies are confronted with the impacts of climate change every day. The effects of climate change are threatening the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities and put enormous strains on disaster response systems.Disaster risk reduction strategies are recognised as a first line of defence against the impacts of climate change. The current challenge is to turn this into action and to implement existing frameworks. The agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) present practical examples from the humanitarian field of how policies and programmes can integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

Background Papers

> Addressing the Humanitarian Challenges of Climate Change: Regional and National perspectives on Disaster Risk Reduction [DOC, 45.00 Kb]

> Report: Addressing the Humanitarian Challenges of Climate Change - Regional and National Perspectives [PDF, 944.67 Kb]

> Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Risk Management Practices: Critical Elements for Adaptation to Climate Change. Joint IASC/ISDR submission to the UNFCCC [PDF, 183.90 Kb]


> World Food Programme: IASC Consultations on the Humanitarian Impact of Climate change [PPT, 942.50 Kb]


Note: this is an interim report pending publication of the Conference Proceedings from the 2009 Global Platform.

> Report from SE7 [PDF, 26.77 Kb]

Related Links

> Compilation of National Progress Reports on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action: HFA Priority 4, core indicator 4.1

Last updated: 04 December 2020