A Red Cross side event at next month’s World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa organized by the IFRC, the Climate Centre and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery will gather governments, disaster managers, dam operators, researchers and other experts to explore new ways to manage the risk of floods downstream from dams.

The Climate Centre was established in 2002 by the Netherlands Red Cross  (NLRC) and the IFRC, and is hosted by the Netherlands Red Cross in The Hague, as a “Public Benefit Organization” (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling) under Dutch law.

Our overarching mission is to help the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its partners reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme-weather events on vulnerable people.

The Climate Centre is one of 12 current or planned reference centres hosted by various National Societies and delegated by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as centres of excellence in their specialist areas.

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UAE Award

The Togolese Red Cross, German Red Cross and IFRC Climate Centre have been recognized in the ‘Edge of Government Award’ at the World Government Summit in Dubai for joint groundbreaking work on forecast-based financing.

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ORIGINAL CAPTION: Red Cross workers distribute blankets and jerry cans to people in Paracas, Peru.


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