COP21: The Red Cross Red Crescent urges states and partners to implement the Paris climate agreement with a focus on the people most exposed, at risk, and vulnerable

تم النشر: 12 ديسمبر 2015

 Paris / Geneva, 12 December 2015 – As states taking part in the ‘COP 21’ climate talks adopted an agreement in Paris, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) urged governments and partners to place communities already affected by climate change and those most at risk from it at the centre of implementation.

‘The Paris agreement is a critical milestone that shows an appropriate balance between climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation,’ said Garry Conille, IFRC Under-Secretary General for Programme and Operations.

‘We commend the decision-makers who overcame divisions to reach an outcome people in the world have been looking for and expecting as an absolute must.’

COP 21 eventually recognized that climate risks are rising with potential unmanageable consequences for the planet, and with more and more people unable to gain or sustain decent and dignified living.

‘Our volunteers are standing on the front line and are witnessing how climate risks are disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable communities in in the world,’ said Mr Conille.

In 2014, 87 per cent of disasters were related to climate. Climate-related displacement affected more than 22 million people in 2013 and could potentially impact 250 million people by 2050. 

‘This agreement will need to be implemented with a view to placing the interests of the most vulnerable at its core,’ said Mr Conille.

‘We need to invest in their resilience, help them to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change, and forestall future crises by promoting ambitious emissions reductions.’

The final agreement aims for pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C and will hold it to well below 2°C.

‘Deep cuts in emissions are needed to ensure we do not reach a point where adaptation to climate is not an option anymore due to uncontrollable effects of rising temperatures,’ added Mr Conille.

The Red Cross Red Crescent, operating through 190 National Societies and 160,000 local branches, commits to do its part to implement Paris agreement, building on a trusted presence of up to 17 million volunteers in communities active through 160,000 local branches and 190 National Societies.

Mr Conille said: ‘The Red Cross and Red Crescent will always be there to assist affected people in times of crises – including in those communities that are most vulnerable, hardest to reach or in conflict zones. But we much prefer to help prevent such crises from occurring in the first place.  

‘The Red Cross Red Crescent welcomes the emphasis on resilience as a central element of the agreement, notably of vulnerable groups and communities.

‘This week we launched our One Billion Coalition for Resilience, which captures this ambition of scaling up partnerships to enable 1 billion people to take active steps towards reducing the risks that affect their lives and their vulnerability in the face of adversity, including climate change.’ 

For further information, please contact:

In Paris:

  • Maarten Van Aalst
    Mobile: +31 6 150 86 199 +31 6 150 86 199, Email:

In Geneva:

  • Benoit Carpentier, IFRC Team Leader for Public Communications

Mobile: +41 79 213 24 13 +41 79 213 24 13, E-mail


  • Reeni Amin Chua, IFRC Senior Communications Officer, Geneva

Mobile: + +41 79 708 6273 +41 79 708 6273, E-mail: