One of DRCs crosscutting organisational principles is to Go green.
DRC commits to respond to the global climate crisis and environmental degradation by increasing the adaptive capacities of people affected by conflict and displacement and by ensuring that our own conduct is nature-positive.
Climate change is the defining crisis of our time and disproportionately impacts the world’s most vulnerable people: those whom we serve. By making green thinking and action an organisational priority, DRC acknowledges that climate change is a global phenomenon that increasingly interacts with the drivers of refugee movements. DRC must address climate change systematically and ambitiously to address the current trends.
People affected by displacement need a strong advocate to ensure protection. Empowerment of the most marginalised will help to ensure that they will not be left behind in global climate action. In particular, stronger efforts are required to obtain data-based evidence for how we can include – rather than exclude – people affected by displacement.
In light of this, DRC will sharpen its focus on climate adaptation in programmes. We will aim to increase the climate resilience of those we serve. We will carry out initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations. And we will advocate for the rights of persons affected by displacement and conflict in situations negatively affected by climate change or environmental degradation.
Climate change is a global phenomenon that “increasingly interacts with the drivers of refugee movements” and disproportionally affects developing countries, which today host 80% of the world’s refugees and displaced persons. People affected by displacement, therefore, need a strong advocate to ensure protection and empowerment of the most marginalised, and that they will not be left behind in global climate action.
Climate change and environmental degradation can be threat multipliers as climate-related risks may exacerbate conflict dynamics and increase the impact of other drivers of conflict and fragility. Through this framework, DRC is underlining the importance of addressing displacement in the context of climate change as we work to ensure protection of forcibly displaced people.