As global leaders and stakeholders assemble for COP28, the urgency to address climate change, extreme poverty, and conflict has never been greater. At the heart of this year’s summit, a sobering reality emerges: 16 countries deemed both climate-vulnerable and conflict-affected contribute a mere 3% of global greenhouse emissions and yet shoulder 60% of the world’s humanitarian needs, and nearly half of all people affected by natural disasters over the past three years. These contexts however only receive one-third of the climate adaptation financing of their stable counterparts.

Collaborative efforts between humanitarian actors, corporations and the philanthropic community are vital in catalyzing climate responses and fortifying the resilience of the world's most vulnerable people.

The IRC's solutions offer scalable impact and deploy climate finance capital quickly to ensure that the needs of communities in conflict-affected countries most vulnerable to climate change are addressed. Often, people in these communities have contributed least to climate change. Our teams understand the unique needs of people in these settings and are focused on climate adaptation, climate resilience, and crisis response. Evidence-based solutions backed up by measurable data successfully bridge the gap between financial institutions and companies.

Through its partnerships, the IRC pioneers innovative solutions for climate resilience and adaptation, responding to unique needs of the affected communities and illuminating a way forward amidst profound uncertainties:

These partnerships are more than just collaborations; they are a testimony to the transformative power of collective global action. Beyond resources, private sector offers expertise and innovation, leading to greater impact. COP28 is not just about global dialogues and resolutions; it's a call for sustained and strategic partnerships. The corporate and philanthropic sectors, with their expertise and resources, stand poised to co-create solutions with the humanitarian sector that are both revolutionary and relevant for communities affected.

As COP28 charts the future trajectory for climate action, prioritizing cross-sector partnerships will be crucial to catalyze sustainable, meaningful progress for those communities at the frontline of the climate crisis.