UN Launches $100 Million Climate Resilience Fund to Protect Refugees and Displaced Communities

The UN launches a $100M Climate Resilience Fund to boost protections for refugees and displaced communities threatened by climate change, addressing the disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.

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UN Launches $100 Million Climate Resilience Fund to Protect Refugees and Displaced Communities

UN Launches $100 Million Climate Resilience Fund to Protect Refugees and Displaced Communities

The United Nations has launched a new $100 million Climate Resilience Fund aimed at boosting protections for refugees and displaced communities threatened by climate change.

The fund will prioritize projects in highly climate-vulnerable countries and support refugees, their host communities, and countries of origin that are hardest hit by climate emergencies.

The UN refugee agency highlighted that climate risks are strongly correlated with conflict and poverty experienced by many refugees. In 2022, over 70% of refugees and asylum seekers fled from highly climate-vulnerable countries.

"Many of the countries that have been the most generous in accepting refugees are also the most impacted by the climate crisis, but the funding available to address the impacts of climate change is not reaching those forcibly displaced nor the communities hosting them," said UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi.

The Climate Resilience Fund will work to ensure refugees are included in national and local climate-related measures, increase access to sustainable resources in displacement settings, and support environmental restoration, climate-resilient shelters, and climate-smart livelihoods. The fund will prioritize projects that involve affected communities and deliver tangible improvements in living conditions, safety, and well-being of refugees and their hosts.

Why this matters: The Climate Resilience Fund constitutes a vital measure in addressing the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable refugee and displaced populations. By investing in climate resilience measures, the fund aims to mitigate the compounding effects of climate risks on communities already grappling with conflict and poverty.

The UN aims to raise $100 million for the fund by the end of 2025. The fund is expected to become a channel for partners to contribute to UNHCR's climate programming and support the inclusion of refugees in climate-related measures taken at the national and local levels. As Grandi noted, "The international community must come together to support the countries and communities on the frontlines of the climate emergency and strengthen their resilience to current and future climate risks."

Key Takeaways

  • UN launches $100M Climate Resilience Fund to protect climate-vulnerable refugees
  • Fund prioritizes projects in highly climate-vulnerable countries, supports refugees and hosts
  • Climate risks strongly correlated with conflict and poverty experienced by many refugees
  • Fund aims to include refugees in climate measures, improve living conditions and resilience
  • UN seeks to raise $100M by 2025 to support countries and communities on climate frontlines