To address the effects of climate change on displacement, UNHCR will enhance early warning, early action and early recovery plans in Mauritania, where 60% of the population live in highly water-stressed areas, and in Iraq, where 20,000 people have been displaced by droughts in central and southern governorates. Area-based programming will focus on strengthening resilience and reduce vulnerability to enable forcibly displaced and host communities’ positive coping mechanisms and recovery from the impacts of climate change, including onward or new forced displacement.
UNHCR will continue engaging with development and humanitarian actors and other Global Compact on Refugees partners to share knowledge, resources, and best practices in line with the “Operational strategy for climate resilience and environmental sustainability 2022-2025”.
Overall, the 2024 proposed budget will decrease by $99.9 million, or 4%, compared to the 2023 current budget, partly due to the temporary needs arising from the earthquake, and the transition in Iraq. By the end of 2024, the number of forcibly displaced and stateless people in the region is projected to decrease to 15.8 million, or by 2%.
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