Climate Action

Women walking in the field.

Climate change is the defining crisis of our time. It is a risk multiplier and magnifier, driving displacement and protection needs around the world.

UNHCR is stepping up its ambition to meet the humanitarian and protection challenges being amplified by the climate emergency, and to mitigate and prepare for those to come. Preparing for and addressing these challenges requires an urgent collaborative effort, informed and enabled by the latest science and technology. Guided by our Strategic Framework for Climate Action, UNHCR aims to better protect and strengthen the resilience of displaced and stateless people in the face of climate change, and to reduce our own environmental footprint around the world.

The office of the Special Advisor on Climate Action was established in January 2020 to inspire, coordinate and support action around this common agenda in collaboration with a wide and growing range of partners.

For more information on UNHCR’s climate action, news and stories please refer to the climate change and disaster displacement page on

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