Thursday 19 August is World Humanitarian Day with a focus on the climate crisis. Every day we witness the devastating impact of storms, floods, drought, and wildfires on the world’s most vulnerable people. Climate change and its risks and hazards continue to cause major humanitarian consequences, making it more challenging to deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance amidst rising needs.
With the adverse impacts of climate change on women, girls, young people, and the most vulnerable, this is an opportune moment to highlight the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights, prevention and response to gender-based violence, and mental well-being and psychosocial support as critical and lifesaving interventions while facing this existential threat to humanity.
UNFPA acknowledges the diverse ways in which the climate crisis affects different countries and regions, and the key role women and young people play in climate action and in humanitarian response to ensure sustainable and inclusive outcomes for future resilient societies.