New York/Geneva, 16 September 2019 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will launch a new report on the projected humanitarian cost of climate change this Thursday 19 September at UN Headquarters in New York.

The new report – The Cost of Doing Nothing – estimates the number of people who may need humanitarian aid over the next 10-30 years as a result of the projected increase in the frequency and intensity of natural hazards linked to climate change.

It also estimates the money that aid agencies will need if they are to ensure that these people affected by floods, droughts, storms and wildfires are to receive emergency assistance.

The report urges governments and aid agencies to invest now in measures that will protect people from the impacts of climate change; measures that could prevent the suffering of millions of people and save billions of dollars.

Launch details:

The Cost of Doing Nothing will be launched by IFRC President, Francesco Rocca, in the UN Press Briefing room of the United Nations headquarters in New York at 12:30 EDT (18:30 CEST) on Thursday 19 September.


  • IFRC President, Francesco Rocca
  • Red Cross Red Crescent climate expert, Julie Arrighi
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Media contacts

To request interviews with President Rocca:

In Geneva: Tommaso Della Longa, +41 79 708 43 67, (In New York from 17 September)

For more information:

In Geneva: Matthew Cochrane, +41 79 251 80 39,

In Geneva: Alison Freebairn, +41 79 251 93 33,

In New York (from 18 September): Derk Segaar, +41 79 708 31 04,

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