Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

An IFRC resource

The Climate Centre was established in 2002 by the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) and the IFRC, and is hosted by the NLRC in The Hague as a Public Benefit Organization (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling) under Dutch law.

Our overarching mission is to help the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its partners reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme-weather events on vulnerable people, and we contributed to the new IFRC Framework for Climate Action Towards 2020 (two-page summaries are now available in English, French and Spanish). See also a new Movement publication for 2020, Ambitions to address the climate crisis.

The Climate Centre is one of 13 current or planned reference centres hosted by various National Societies and delegated by the IFRC as centres of excellence in their specialist areas.

They provide strategically important knowledge and advice on best practice throughout the Movement and beyond, based on the founding principles and thinking of the Red Cross Red Crescent. 

The Climate Centre helps to fulfill the ground-breaking commitments on climate made at the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in November 2007 to:

  • raise awareness on climate change
  • ​provide humanitarian assistance
  • improve response and preparedness
  • decrease vulnerability of communities
  • integrate climate risk management into policy and planning
  • mobilize human and financial resources.

Among other services, the Climate Centre provides expert guidance for people who do not have scientific backgrounds on the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The 2014 Climate Training Kit contains a wealth of resources on climate risk management for Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers, as well as links to existing IFRC products and guidance; it was developed in close cooperation with Movement partners around the world.

Our earlier, book-length Climate Guide presented five years’ worth of experience from the first 40 National Societies to integrate climate factors into their work, and is still in print today. 

Browse these and many other aspects of our programmes, forecast tools, research publications and training materials using the main menu on our home page.